Donn Barber

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Donn Barber
Lobby PS.jpg
Lobby of Barber's Connecticut State Library
Born Donn Barber
(1871-10-19)October 19, 1871
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died May 29, 1925(1925-05-29) (aged 53)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Education École des Beaux-Arts, Paris
Columbia University
Yale University
Occupation Architect
Known for Terminal Station (1908)
Lotos Club (1909)
Connecticut State Library and Supreme Court Building (1908-1910)
Berzelius Society building (1910)
Travelers Tower (1919)
New York Cotton Exchange (1923)
Spouse(s) Elsie Yandell
Relatives Louise Serpa
Honors FAIA
Travelers Tower in Hartford, Connecticut
Terminal Station, Chattanooga, Tennessee
The Capital City Club in Atlanta, Georgia
Berzelius Society Building (circa 1908) in New Haven, Connecticut

Donn Barber FAIA (1871–1925)[1] was an American architect.


Barber was born in 1871 in Washington DC, the grandson of Hiram Barber.[2] He studied at Holbrook Military Academy in Ossining, New York, was graduated from Yale University in 1893, where he was chairman of campus humor magazine The Yale Record[3] and a member of the Berzelius Society.

He then took post-graduate architectural courses at Columbia University and the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris under Paul Blondell and Scellier de Gisors. He was the ninth U. S. student to receive a diploma.

After returning and serving apprenticeships in the offices of Carrere & Hastings, Cass Gilbert and Lord & Hewlett, he set up his own firm around 1900. In 1923, Barber was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member.

In 1899 Barber married Elsie Yandell of Louisville, the sister of sculptor Enid Yandell. Barber is buried at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York. His descendants include Louise Serpa, the famous rodeo photographer from Tucson, and her family.


Barber's designs include:


  1. ^ a b "Arts:Donn Barber". Time magazine. June 8, 1925. 
  2. ^ The National cyclopaedia of American biography: being the history of United James Terry White, Raymond D. McGill, H. A. Harvey, page 379
  3. ^ "Donn Barber". Obituary Record of Yale Graduates 1924-1925. New Haven: Yale University. August 1, 1925. p. 1492.
  4. ^ a b c Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  5. ^ Architecture, Volume 19, number 6, page 81
  6. ^ The Commercial and Financial Chronicle, Volume 113, Issue 2, page 2150

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