Donn Barber

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Donn Barber
Donn Barber

(1871-10-19)October 19, 1871
DiedMay 29, 1925(1925-05-29) (aged 53)
EducationÉcole des Beaux-Arts, Paris
Columbia University
Yale University
Known forTerminal 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)
Elsie Yandell (1874-1939)
m. 1899; her death 1939)
RelativesLouise Serpa
Elsie Yandell (1874-1939)

Donn Barber FAIA (October 19, 1871 – May 29, 1925) was an American architect.[1][2]


Barber was born on October 19, 1871 in Washington DC to Charles Gibbs Barber.

He was the grandson of Hiram Barber.[3] 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[4] 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.

He died on May 29, 1925 in Manhattan, New York City.[1][2]


Barber's designs include:


  1. ^ a b c "Donn Barber". Time magazine. June 8, 1925.
  2. ^ a b "Donn Barb Dies In His Sleep At 53. Eminent Architect, Designer of the New Broadway Temple. President of New York Architectural League". New York Times. May 30, 1925.
  3. ^ The National cyclopaedia of American biography: being the history of United ... by James Terry White, Raymond D. McGill, H. A. Harvey, page 379
  4. ^ "Donn Barber". Obituary Record of Yale Graduates 1924-1925. New Haven: Yale University. August 1, 1925. p. 1492.
  5. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  6. ^ Architecture, Volume 19, number 6, page 81
  7. ^ The Commercial and Financial Chronicle, Volume 113, Issue 2, page 2150

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