Henry Ives Cobb

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The Newberry Library in the present day.

Henry Ives Cobb (August 19, 1859 – March 27, 1931) was an architect from the United States. Based in Chicago in the last decades of the 19th century, he was known for his designs in the Richardsonian Romanesque and Victorian Gothic styles.


Cobb was born in Brookline, Massachusetts to Albert Adams and Mary Russell Candler Cobb.

In Chicago, Cobb and partner Charles S. Frost designed Potter Palmer's mansion (demolished) on Lake Shore Drive; the Chicago Varnish Company Building—listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a Chicago Landmark; the Episcopal Church of the Atonement at 5749 North Kenmore Avenue—also on the National Register of Historic Places; the Chicago Federal Building (demolished); the Newberry Library; the Fisheries Building (demolished) at the World's Columbian Exposition; and many pre-1900 buildings at Lake Forest College and the University of Chicago.[1][2] Elsewhere, he designed the Liberty Tower, a Perpendicular-style Skyscraper in downtown Manhattan, that was converted to residences in 1980;[3] the Olive Building in St. Louis and co-designed the King Edward Hotel in Toronto. Cobb moved to Washington, D.C., in 1897 to escape the Chicago grime, which damaged his cherished art collection.[4] Cobb is responsible for The University of Chicago Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, WI, constructed from 1895 to 1897, with its Greco-Roman terra-cotta architectural detail.


Henry Ives Cobb's grandmother, Augusta Adams Cobb, controversially abandoned her husband, Henry Cobb, and five of her seven children in 1843, and married Brigham Young as a plural wife.[5]

Cobb and wife Emma Martin Smith had 10 children, seven of whom survived into adulthood. The children were: architect and author Henry Ives Cobb, Jr. (1883–1974), Cleveland Cobb (1884–?), Leonore Cobb (1885–?), Candler Cobb (c. 1887–?), Elliot Cobb (1888–?), Priscilla Cobb (1890–91), Alice Cobb (1892–93), Boughton Cobb (1894–1974), Russell Cobb (1897–?), and Emerson Cobb, (1902–10).[6][7]


Building Location Dates Notes Image
Union Club of Chicago Washington Place at Dearborn Street 1881 Designed by Henry Ives Cobb Union Club of Chicago.png
Palmer Mansion 1350 North Lake Shore Drive
1885 Designed by Henry Ives Cobb Potter Palmer Mansion old.jpg
Harriet F. Rees House 2110 S. Prairie Avenue
1888 Designed by Cobb & Frost. Harriet F Rees House Chicago IL.jpg
Tippecanoe Place 620 West Washington Avenue
South Bend, Indiana
1889 Designed by Henry Ives Cobb. Recognized as a National Historic Landmark. South-bend-indiana-tippecanoe-place.jpg
Chicago Athletic Association Building 12 South Michigan Avenue
1893 Designed by Henry Ives Cobb Chicago Athletic Association Building.JPG
Garfield Building 1965 E. 6th Street
Cleveland, Ohio
1893 Designed by Henry Ives Cobb GarfieldCLE.jpg
Newberry Library 60 West Walton Street
1893 Designed by Henry Ives Cobb and William Poole Washington Square Park & Newberry Library.JPG
St. Cecilia Music Center 24 Ransom NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan
1893 Designed by Henry Ives Cobb St. Cecilia Music Center.jpg
Chicago Varnish Company Building 33 West Kinzie Street
1895 Designed by Henry Ives Cobb Chicago Varnish Company Building.JPG
Olive Building 721 Olive Street
St. Louis
1896 Designed by Henry Ives Cobb; 1902 addition by Mauran, Russel & Garden[8] St. Louis - Chemical Bldg.JPG
Former Chicago Historical Society Building 632 North Dearborn Street
1896 Designed by Henry Ives Cobb Chicago Historical Society, 632 North Dearborn Street, Chicago (Cook County, Illinois).jpg
Yerkes Observatory 373 W. Geneva Street
Williams Bay, Wisconsin
1897 Designed by Henry Ives Cobb Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay Wisconsin, c. 1900.jpg
Woodward & Lothrop Store 1025 F Street NW
Washington, D.C.
1897 Designed by Henry Ives Cobb; subsequent expansions 1902-1927[9] Woodward & Lothrop, circa 1910s - exterior.jpg
King Edward Hotel 37 King Street East
1903 Designed by Henry Ives Cobb and E. J. Lennox for George Gooderham’s Toronto Hotel Company[3] KINGEDDIETORONTO.JPG
The Kip-Riker Mansion 432 Scotland Road
South Orange, New Jersey
1903 Designed by Henry Ives Cobb for Ira A. Kip, Jr. Presently Temple Sharey Tefilo Israel[10][11]
Chicago Federal Building Dearborn and Adams Streets
1905 Designed by Henry Ives Cobb Chicago Federal Court, 1961.jpg
Liberty Tower 55 Liberty Street
New York City
1909 Designed by Henry Ives Cobbs 55-liberty.jpg

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  1. ^ "History". University of Chicago. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  2. ^ Carl W. Condit (November 1998). The Chicago School of Architecture. University of Chicago Press. pp. 59–60. ISBN 978-0-226-11455-2.
  3. ^ a b "Ontario Heritage Foundation celebrates King Edward Hotel's 100th anniversary with provincial plaque" (Press release). Ontario Heritage Trust. 8 May 2003. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  4. ^ Edward W. Wolner (June 2011). Henry Ives Cobb's Chicago. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-90561-7.
  5. ^ Johnson, Jeffrey Johnson (1987). "Determining and Defining 'Wife': The Brigham Young Households" (PDF). Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. 20: 60.
  6. ^ "Emerson Cobb Obituary" (PDF). The New York Times. April 27, 1910. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  7. ^ Greeley, George Hiram (1905). Genealogy of the Greely-Greeley Family. F. Wood, Printer. p. 864.
  8. ^ "Chemical Building". Built St. Louis. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  9. ^ Livingston, Mike (13 April 1998). "Past is present D.C. buildings with a history". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  10. ^ Welk, Naomi (2002). South Orange. Arcadia Publishing.
  11. ^ Marcia Worth, September 16, 2011, South Orange Patch (Open Post)

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