Jarvis Hunt

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Jarvis Hunt
Born (1863-08-06)August 6, 1863
Weathersfield, Windham County, Vermont, U.S.
Died June 15, 1941(1941-06-15) (aged 77)
St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida, U.S.
Nationality U.S.
Alma mater Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Occupation Architect
Spouse(s) M. Louise Coleman
Children Louise Hunt McMurtry Cilley
Jarvis Hunt, Jr.
Parent(s) Leavitt Hunt
Katherine (Jarvis) Hunt
Buildings Kansas City Union Station
Joliet Union Station
Projects National Golf Links of America Golf Course
Chicago Golf Club

Jarvis Hunt (August 6, 1863 - June 15, 1941) was a renowned Chicago architect[1] who designed a wide array of buildings, including train stations, suburban estates, industrial buildings, clubhouses and other structures.


Union Station in Kansas City
National Golf Links of America
Union Station, Joliet, Illinois

Hunt was born in Weathersfield, Vermont,[2] and graduated from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[3]

He had a passion for golf and qualified for the 1904 Olympics Golf Team, but failed to make the cut. Hunt later designed the clubhouses of several clubs including the National Golf Links of America Golf Course, of which he was a founding member,[4] and the Chicago Golf Club.[5]

Most of his projects, however, are associated with the United States Midwest, including the Kansas City Union Station and the Joliet Union Station.[6] Hunt based his architectural firm in Chicago's Monadnock Building.[7][8]

Hunt retired to his home in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1927. He died on June 15, 1941 in St. Petersburg.[9]

Family life[edit]

Mrs. Jarvis Hunt at a Chicago horse show, 1908

Hunt was the son of attorney, farmer and photography pioneer Colonel Leavitt Hunt and his wife Katherine (Jarvis) Hunt,[10] and was a nephew of noted New York City architect Richard Morris Hunt[11] and his brother, Boston painter William Morris Hunt. He was the grandson of U.S. Congressman Jonathan Hunt.[12]

Hunt and his wife, the former M. Louise Coleman, had two children: Louisa Hunt McMurtry and Jarvis Hunt, Jr.[13] Jarvis Hunt and his wife later divorced, and he was awarded custody of his two children.[14]



  1. ^ Restoring Historic Union Station in Kansas City, The New York Times, 8 February 1998
  2. ^ to a member of the Hunt family of Vermont. Vermont's Building - World Columbia Exposition - Retrieved July 12, 2008
  3. ^ Union Station, Kansas City, National Register of Historic Places Inventory, United States Department of the Interior
  4. ^ The National Golf Links of America, The American Golfer, Vol. IV, No. 8, August 1910
  5. ^ "Jarvis Hunt". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Jarvis Hunt, architect". University of Illinois at Chicago. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ Western architect (1917). The Western Architect, Volumes 25-26. Western architect, Incorporated. p. 72. 
  8. ^ Chicago Architectural Club (1910). Annual of the Chicago Architectural Club. Chicago Architectural Club. p. 1. 
  9. ^ "Jarvis Hunt". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ Annals of Brattleboro, Vol. II, Chapter LXIX, Biographical Sketches
  11. ^ The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Culture Comes to Kansas City by Kristie C. Wolferman - University of Missouri Press - 1993 ISBN 0-8262-0908-4
  12. ^ "Michigan Boulevard Building". Designslinger. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, Commerce Trust Company Building, United States Department of the Interior
  14. ^ JARVIS HUNT WINS CHILDREN, The Chicago Tribune, 26 Jan 1910
  15. ^ Gibbs, Donna M. (April 3, 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form" (PDF). State Historic Preservation Office. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  16. ^ dupagehistory.org - Retrieved July 12, 2008
  17. ^ http://www.emporis.com/application/?nav=building&lng=3&id=macysdepartmentstore-newark-nj-usa
  18. ^ Jarvis Hunt Buildings - math.uic.edu - Retrieved July 13, 2008

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