Jules Henri de Sibour

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Jules Henri de Sibour
Jules Henri de Sibour.jpg
J.H. de Sibour in the 1910s
Born (1872-12-23)December 23, 1872
Paris, France
Died November 4, 1938(1938-11-04) (aged 65)
Washington, D.C.
Occupation Architect
Practice Bruce Price & de Sibour
Buildings Embassy of Uzbekistan in Washington, D.C., The Investment Building, McCormick Apartments

Jules Gabriel Henri de Sibour (December 23, 1872–November 4, 1938) was a French architect who worked in Washington, DC.


Born in Paris, France, to Vicomte Gabriel de Sibour and Mary Louisa Johnson of Belfast, Maine, he came to the United States as a child and attended St. Paul's School in New Hampshire. He received a degree from Yale University in 1896, where he was a member of Skull and Bones.[1]:92–93 He then worked with Ernest Flagg and Bruce Price in New York before returning to Paris to study at the École des Beaux-Arts. In 1898, he married Margaret Marie Clagett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Clagett, of Washington, DC and had three sons: Henri Louis, Jacques Blaise, and Jean Raymond.


After Bruce Price died in May 1903, de Sibour inherited the practice and continued to work under the name of Bruce Price & de Sibour. From 1908 to 1911, de Sibour maintained offices in both New York and Washington, D.C.; then, a year after moving to the District of Columbia in 1910, de Sibour closed his New York office. From 1908 through 1922, de Sibour maintained an office in the Hibbs Building, then moved to the Edmonds Building in 1923.

Although de Sibour’s most prominent works are grand dwellings and embassy buildings, such as the Embassy of Uzbekistan at 1746 Massachusetts Avenue, he also designed dozens of office buildings, apartment buildings, and a diverse range of structures. In 1910, de Sibour designed The Investment Building, a nine-story bank and office, constructed by J. L. Marshall at 15th Street and K Street NW. The same year he designed the McLachlen Building at 1001 G St., NW. In 1911, be designed a nine-story office building at 1512 H Street NW and in 1912, a four-story apartment building at 1409 15th Street NW and a five-story apartment building at 1785 Massachusetts Avenue NW. In 1922, de Sibour designed an apartment building, remarkably similar to his design for the 1922 Hamilton Hotel, at 1200 16th Street NW that was later converted to become the Jefferson Hotel. In 1923, J.H. deSibour also designed the Lee House, an eight-story hotel at the northwest corner of 15th Street and L Street NW, for the Kenwood Corporation.

Working in the Beaux-Arts style throughout his career, de Sibour’s buildings are characterized by their extensive applied decoration and the French influence in their design. Additional notable buildings include the Chevy Chase Club, the University Club, the Chase's Theater and Riggs Building, W. B. Hibbs and Company Building and the Federal-American National Bank . He also designed the French Embassy at 2221 Kalorama Road NW, the Wilkins Residence serving as the Peruvian Chancery at 1700 Massachusetts Avenue NW, the Moore Residence serving as the Uzbekistan Chancery at 1746 Massachusetts Avenue NW, the Stewart Residence serving as the Embassy of Luxembourg at 2200 Massachusetts Avenue NW, and Oxon Hill Manor (1928), an estate for Sumner Welles in Oxon Hill, Maryland.


  1. ^ "OBITUARY RECORD OF GRADUATES OF YALE UNIVERSITY DECEASED DURING THE YEAR 1938–1939" (PDF). Yale University. January 1, 1940. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 

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