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Male, US, born 1870-04-26, died 1936-10-07

Associated with the firms network

Falkenham and Gill, Architects; Gill and Gill, Architects; Gill, Irving J., Architect; Hebbard and Gill, Architects


Professional History

Résumé

Architectural apprentice, Ellis G. Hall, Architect, Syracuse, NY, c. 1886-1890; Draftsman, Joseph Lyman Silsbee, Architect, Chicago, IL, 1890-1891; architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee (1848-1913) had worked in Syracuse (1875-1885, [the period 1883-1885 in partnership with Ellis G. Hall], and Buffalo (1882-1887, [this period included a partnership with James H. Marling]), before relocating his practice to Chicago in 1883-1913. Silsbee operated a busy and important practice in Chicago, employing some draftsmen who would become significant designers. Draftsman, Adler and Sullivan, Architects, Chicago, IL, 1891-1893; Gill encountered a young Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) in Adler and Sullivan's Office; Wright had also worked for Silsbee's firm, (leaving for Adler and Sullivan in 1887) three years earlier than Gill.

Principal, Irving J. Gill, Architect, San Diego, CA, 1893-1894, 1895-1896, 1907, 1908-1922, 1924-1936; Partner, [Joseph] Falkenham and Gill, Architects, San Diego, CA, 1894-1895; Partner, [William Sterling] Hebbard and Gill, Architects, San Diego, CA, 1896-1907; Gill probably knew Hebbard while he worked for the Chicago architectural firm of Burnham and Root in 1887-1888. Partner, Gill and [Frank] Mead, Architects, San Diego, CA, 1907-1908; Partner, Gill and [Louis] Gill, Architects, San Diego, CA, 1913-1920; Partner, [Horatio Warren] Bishop and Gill, Architects, San Diego, CA, 1922-1923.

Professional Service

Member, California State Architectural Board, Sacramento, CA, 1901. Gill was a member of the the architectural profession's first oversight board in CA. Member, Civic Hotel Commission, San Diego, CA, 1903; this board supervised the construction of the Ulysses Grant Hotel for the city. For many up-and-coming cities in the West, construction of large-scale hotels, versatile enough to contain large numbers of tourists and accommodate conferences and meetings, was an important indication of maturity. Hotel construction became a point of civic pride.

Archives

Archival documents on Irving J. Gill are housed at the Architecture and Design Collection of the University Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Education

High School

Gill attended the Madison Street High School, Syracuse, NY. He did not attend a collegiate school or architecture, but rather learned on the job as a draftsman in various offices.

Personal

Relocation

Gill moved from Syracuse, NY, to Chicago, IL, in 1890 and from there to San Diego, CA, in 1893. According to Nicole Holland, Ashley Chang, and Pieter Stougaard in their article, "Irving Gill’s Vision for The Bishop’s School," "Suffering poor health, Gill moved from Chicago to San Diego, a young town offering both a healthy climate and 'the newest white page,' as he described the West." (See Nicole Holland, Ashley Chang, and Pieter Stougaard, "Irving Gill’s Vision for The Bishop’s School," Accessed 02/09/2015) The onset of the Depression of 1893-1896 also may have spurred Gill's decision to move; Additionally, work may have been scarce in Chicago following the completion of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.

Parents

Gill's father, Joseph, worked as both a farmer and a building contractor in Syracuse, NY; this combination of professions was fairly common in the 19th century. His mother, kept house.

Spouse

At age 58, Gill married Mrs. Marion Waugh Brashears, 05/28/1928, but the marriage ended in divorce.

Children

Gill had no children.



Associated Locations

  • Carlsbad, CA (Architect's Death)
    Carlsbad, CA

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  • Tully, NY (Architect's Birth)
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PCAD id: 75


NameDateCityState
Americanization School, Oceanside, CA1931Oceanside, San DiegoCA
Arey House, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA1902San DiegoCA
Bailey, Wheeler J., House, La Jolla, CA1907
Banning, Mary, House, Los Angeles, CA1911
California State Normal School, San Diego, San Diego, CA
Chase, E.F., House, San Diego, CA1906-1907San DiegoCA
Churchill, Mendell C., House, Coronado, CA1898CoronadoCA
Clarke, Chauncey and Marie Rankin, House, Santa Fe Springs, CASanta Fe SpringsCA
Cossitt, Mary, House #4, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA1905-1906San DiegoCA
Darst House, San Diego, CA1910San DiegoCA
Dodge, Walter House, West Hollywood, CA 1914-1916West HollywoodCA
Douglas House, San Diego, CA
Fulford House, San Diego, CA1910San DiegoCA
Garrettson, George G., House, Stockton, San Diego, CA1895San DiegoCA
Gill, Irving J., House, San Diego, CASan DiegoCA
Granger Hall, National City, CANational CityCA
Grove House, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA1901San DiegoCA
Kendall, John, House, Waverly Ranch, El Cajon, CA1893El CajonCA
Klauber, Melville and Amy Salz, House, San Diego, CA 1907-1908San DiegoCA
La Jolla Chapel, La Jolla, CA1910La JollaCA
La Jolla Women's Club, La Jolla, CALa JollaCA
Laughlin, Homer, Jr., House, Los Angeles, CA1908-1909Los AngelesCA
Lee, Alice, House #1, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA1904-1905San DiegoCA
Lee, Alice, House #2, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA1905San DiegoCA
Lee, Alice, House #3, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA1911-1912San DiegoCA
Los Banos Bathhouse, San Diego, CA1897San DiegoCA
Marine Biological Association of San Diego, Scripps Biological Station, La Jolla, CA1905La JollaCA
Marston, Arthur, House, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA1905-1906San DiegoCA
Marston, George White and Anna, House, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA1904-1905San DiegoCA
Miltimore House, South Pasadena, CASouth PasadenaCA
Morgan House, Los Angeles, CA1917Los AngelesCA
Pickwick Theatre, San Diego, CA1904-1905San DiegoCA
Puterbaugh, Johnson Wagoner and Florence Gertrude Fairbanks, House, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA1902San DiegoCA
Richards, Bartlett and Inez E., House, Coronado, CA1902CoronadoCA
Schuyler, Daniel, House, San Diego, CA1893San DiegoCA
Scripps, Ellen Browning, House, La Jolla, CA1916La JollaCA
Southern Pacific Railroad Company, Bridge, Torrance, CA1913TorranceCA
Sunnyslope Lodge, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA1902San DiegoCA
Teats, Katherine, House #1, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA1905San DiegoWA
Timken, Henry H., House, San Diego, CA1911San DiegoCA
Torrance Electric Rail Depot, Torrance, CA1912
Tutt House, Coronado, CA1910CoronadoCA
Waterman, Waldo and Hazel Wood, House, Bankers Hill, San Diego, CA1900-1901San DiegoCA
West, Horatio, Court Apartments, Santa Monica, CASanta MonicaCA
White, Ernest, House, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA1898San DiegoCA
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