Gilger conceived the 2003 off-Broadway Jerry Herman musical revue Showtune. In 1991, he designed the Industrial Light and Magic film studio building in San Rafael, California for filmmaker George Lucas (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) and in 1989, he prepared conceptual designs for the Disney/MGM Film Studios in Tokyo, Japan. With Nomad Productions Scenic Studios in San Francisco, Gilger prepared concert touring sets for Madonna (1985 Like a Virgin Tour), Kenny Loggins, Crosby Stills & Nash, Carlos Santana, Alabama, Dio, and Petra, stage sets for Whoopi Goldberg and Anthony Newley (the 1983 musical Chaplin), set pieces for the Super Bowl broadcast, and numerous sets for television.
Gilger's architectural work includes:
- the landmark house "Edgewater" in Mill Valley in Marin County, California, built in 2003 by Lehman Brothers of New York
- the conversion of the 1894 Del Monte Cannery Building in Santa Rosa, California into the 6th Street Playhouse in 2005
- "Park Lane Village Square", a $100 million residential/commercial mixed-use project in Santa Rosa, completed in 2009
- the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center for the city of Cloverdale, California in 2010
- the remodeling and renovation of Walt Disney animator Mel Shaw's estate "Tretheway" on the Mokelumne River near Acampo, California in 2014
Other private residences of note include "Longview" in Redwood City, California and "Bridge House" near Lake Sonoma, in Sonoma County, California. Since 1980, Gilger has designed over two thousand homes.
Gilger chairs the Lincoln Highway Association National Mapping Committee. In 2012, the 25-member committee completed the research and cartography of the original route of the Lincoln Highway, the first road across the United States of America, and all of its subsequent realignments (totaling over 5872 miles), a project which took more than 20 years. The resulting fully interactive online map can be viewed at the Lincoln Highway Association Official Map website. Gilger has appeared in two PBS documentaries, A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway (2008) produced by Rick Sebak, and 100 Years on the Lincoln Highway (2014) produced by Tom Manning.
Gilger's name is used for one of the characters in the popular Japanese manga series Bleach created by Tite Kubo, who named most of the Espada characters after architects. The character "Gilger n'Noitra" (aka "Gilga n'Noitra") is named after Paul Gilger and Richard Neutra.
His sister, Joan Gilger Stear, was Miss Ohio 1978.
Gilger is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, with study in set design at UC's College-Conservatory of Music. He resides in Santa Rosa, California.
- Article about Gilger and Lincoln Highway in San Francisco Chronicle
- Article about Gilger in Santa Rosa Press Democrat
- Article about Gilger in University of Cincinnati Magazine
- Article about Gilger at Real Live Theater website
- Article about the 6th Street Playhouse at Real Live Theater website
- Article about the 6th Street Playhouse at Sonoma County Go Local website
- Satellite view of "Edgewater" in Mill Valley, California
- Satellite view of "Longview" in Redwood City, California
- Satellite view of "Bridge House" near Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, California
- Satellite view of "Park Lane Village Square" in Santa Rosa, California
- Outtakes of Gilger in A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway
- Watch A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway online
- Watch 100 Years on the Lincoln Highway online
- Lincoln Highway Association
- Lincoln Highway Association Official Map
References and notes
- See French website (translated) http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://bleach-forum-by-r-b.easyforum.fr/t2209-tite-kubo-loves-architects&ei=Nl9YT8a2LoqOigLdh42_Cw&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CD4Q7gEwAQ&prev=/search%3Fq%3Darchitect%2Bpaul%2B%2522gilger%2Bnnoitra%2522%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26as_qdr%3Dall%26prmd%3Dimvnso
- See website http://mangahelpers.com/forum/showthread.php/64121-References-in-Manga-Anime/page3