Earl Flansburgh

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Earl R. Flansburgh
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Born (1931-04-28)April 28, 1931
Died February 3, 2009(2009-02-03) (aged 77)
Nationality American
Occupation Architect
Spouse(s) Polly Flansburgh
Children 2

Earl R. Flansburgh (April 28, 1931 – February 3, 2009) was an architect known for his extensive work in the Boston area.[1]


Flansburgh graduated from the Cornell Architecture School in 1953, where he was also a member of the Quill and Dagger society. While at Cornell, Flansburgh was manager of the freshmen's men orientation camp.[2]


In 1963, Flansburgh formed his own architecture firm in Boston, Massachusetts, Earl R. Flansburgh & Associates (ERF+A). In January 1969, "Progressive Architecture" selected Flansburgh's underground Cornell Campus Store for one of its sixteen Annual Design Awards.[3] Under his direction, the firm won over 80 regional and national design awards.[4]

Over the course of his career, Flansburgh worked or gave lectures at institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wellesley College, and the Architectural Association School of Architecture (London). From 1972 until his death, he served on the Board of Trustees at Cornell University, where he served as the chairman of the Buildings and Properties Committee for 27 years.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Flansburgh was married to Polly Flansburgh, the founder and current board chair of the educational architectural walking tour company Boston By Foot. They had two sons, Earl Schuyler Flansburgh, born in 1957, now known as Paxus Calta, and John Flansburgh, born in 1960. Calta became an anti-nuclear activist; John went on to co-found the alternative rock band They Might Be Giants.


  1. ^ Howard, Sebastian (March 12, 2009). "Earl R. Flansburgh, Prominent Boston Architect, Dies". Architectural Record. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  2. ^ Flansburgh, Earl (November 4, 1953). "Flansburgh Argues that Co-education Would Hinder Discussion, Spirit". Cornell Daily Sun. 70 (33). p. 4. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  3. ^ "About The Store". The Cornell Store. Archived from the original on 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  4. ^ "About". Flansburgh Architects. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 

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