W. Ellis Groben

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William Ellis Groben, usually known as W. Ellis Groben, is an architect and author. He was Washington (D.C.) Office Architect of the U.S. Forest Service during 1933-1953 and provided professional guidance as the national consulting architect of the service, leading architectural style development.[1][2]

He was an "outstanding architect" and also talented as an artist.[1]

Groben wrote the important 1940 document "Architectural Trend of Future Forest Service Buildings".[3]

He designed the Forest Services' International Institute of Tropical Forestry building in Puerto Rico.[4]

Groben was "a native of" Philadelphia and studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and the Ecole des Beaux Arts. He apprenticed in and near Philadelphia, and was hired as Chief Architect for the city of Philadelphia.[1]

He designed three Pennsylvania movie theatres:

In 1936 he designed renovation of the Embassy Theatre, later known as the York Road Theatre.[5]


Works include:

  • Fickes, Clyde P. & Groben, W. Ellis (2005), Building with Logs & Log Cabin Construction, Almonte, Ontario: Algrove Publishing, ISBN 1-897030-22-3 
  • Groben, W. Ellis, Adobe Architecture:Its Design and Construction, Shorey Pubns 
  • Groben, W. Ellis, Camouflage for Forest Service structures 

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