Walker O. Cain

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Walker O. Cain
Born 1915
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died June 1, 1993
Southampton, New York
Nationality American
Occupation Architect
Awards Rome Prize of the American Academy in Rome
Henry Adams Prize of the American Institute of Architects
Practice McKim, Mead, and White; Steinman, Corrigill, Cain and White; Steinmann and Cain; Steinmann, Cain, and White; Walker O. Cain Associates
Buildings St. Vartan Cathedral
The Smithsonian Institution's Museum of History and Technology
Computer Center and Jadwin Gymnasium of Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
The Museum of History and Technology (later renamed the National Museum of American History) as it appeared in March 2006
The Princeton University Art Museum as it appeared in June 2007
The Hawthorne-Longfellow Library of Bowdoin College, April 2010
Monument Square in Portland, Maine; the former Casco Bank and Trust Company building, signed Pierce Atwood in the photo, is at left.

Walker O. Cain NA (1915 - June 1, 1993) was a prize-winning American architect.

Early life and education[edit]

Cain was born in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Case Western Reserve University for five years (1932–1936). In 1937, he went on to study at Fontainebleau, France, where he was a recipient of the Schweinfurth Scholarship.[1]

In 1939, he won the Henry Adams Prize from the American Institute of Architects. In 1938 and 1939, he won honorable mention in architecture in the competition for the Rome Prize of the American Academy in Rome.

In 1940, Cain returned to the United States to study architecture at Princeton University. In that year he won the Rome Prize. Upon graduation from Princeton with a master's degree he moved to New York City and joined the firm of McKim, Mead, and White. In 1961 that firm was superseded by Steinman, Corrigill, Cain, and White; then Steinmann, Cain, and White;. By 1971 the firm was superseded by Walker O. Cain Associates based in New York where Cain was a senior partner. Cain also served as chairman of the board of the American Academy in Rome from 1974 to 1984. In 1975, he was named as a member of the National Academy of Design.

Notable works[edit]

Cain's notable building designs include St. Vartan Cathedral, the Armenian church at Second Ave. and 34th Street in Manhattan (1963–1967);[2] the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of History and Technology (1964), in Washington, D.C.;[3] the Art Museum, McCormick Hall, Jadwin Gymnasium, Caldwell Field House, and the Computing Center at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey;[4] as well as the Mickel Library of Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.[5] The firm that was to become Walker O. Cain Associates (John Faron) designed the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine around 1965.[6] Members of the firm also designed the Casco Bank and Trust Company building in Portland, Maine by 1970, the Maine State Museum in Augusta, Maine in 1971,[6] and the Maynard Center for staff housing at Brooklyn Hospital Center in 1976.[7]


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