Earl Flansburgh

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Earl R. Flansburgh
Earl Low Res.jpg
Born(1931-04-28)April 28, 1931
Ithaca, NY
DiedFebruary 3, 2009(2009-02-03) (aged 77)
Boston, Massachusetts
Spouse(s)Louise Flansburgh
ChildrenPaxus Calta
John Flansburgh

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

Early life and education[edit]

Flansburgh grew up in Ithaca, New York[2]. His father was a professor at Cornell University.[2]

Flansburgh graduated from the Cornell Architecture School in 1954[2], 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.[3] In 1957, Flansburgh received a master's degree from MIT, and taught in London as a Fulbright scholar.[4]


The Cornell Store, built underground (1971).

In 1963, Flansburgh formed the architecture firm, Earl R. Flansburgh & Associates (ERF+A) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In January 1969, "Progressive Architecture" selected Flansburgh's underground Cornell Campus Store for one of its sixteen Annual Design Awards.[5] Under his direction, the firm won over 80 regional and national design awards.[6]

Throughout his professional career Flansburgh also taught or lectured about architecture at institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wellesley College, and the Architectural Association School of Architecture (London). From 1972 until his death, he was a trustee at Cornell University, where he was chairman of the Buildings and Properties Committee.[citation needed]

Flansburgh received the Award of Honor for Lifetime Achievement from the Boston Society of Architects in 1999.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Flansburgh married Louise Hospital. Louise went on to found Boston By Foot a not-for-profit group that gives walking tours of historic sites in Boston. The couple had two sons, Earl Schuyler Flansburgh, born in 1957, now known as Paxus Calta, and John Flansburgh, born in 1960. Calta is an anti-nuclear activist; John is a member and co-founder of the musical group They Might Be Giants.


  1. ^ Howard, Sebastian (March 12, 2009). "Earl R. Flansburgh, Prominent Boston Architect, Dies". Architectural Record. Retrieved 2014-02-09.
  2. ^ a b c d Campbell, Robert (18 February 2009). "Earl Flansburgh; architect designed education facilities". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  3. ^ 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.
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  5. ^ "About The Store". The Cornell Store. Archived from the original on 2006-02-23. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  6. ^ "About". Flansburgh Architects. Retrieved 2014-04-01.

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