Male, US, born 1870-04-26, died 1936-10-07
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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.
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.
Archival documents on Irving J. Gill are housed at the Architecture and Design Collection of the University Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).
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.
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.
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.
At age 58, Gill married Mrs. Marion Waugh Brashears, 05/28/1928, but the marriage ended in divorce.
Gill had no children.
PCAD id: 75
|Americanization School, Oceanside, CA||1931||Oceanside, San Diego||CA|
|Arey House, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA||1902||San Diego||CA|
|Bailey, Wheeler J., House, La Jolla, CA||1907|
|Banning, Mary, House, Los Angeles, CA||1911|
|California State Normal School, San Diego, San Diego, CA|
|Chase, E.F., House, San Diego, CA||1906-1907||San Diego||CA|
|Churchill, Mendell C., House, Coronado, CA||1898||Coronado||CA|
|Clarke, Chauncey and Marie Rankin, House, Santa Fe Springs, CA||Santa Fe Springs||CA|
|Cossitt, Mary, House #4, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA||1905-1906||San Diego||CA|
|Darst House, San Diego, CA||1910||San Diego||CA|
|Dodge, Walter House, West Hollywood, CA||1914-1916||West Hollywood||CA|
|Douglas House, San Diego, CA|
|Fulford House, San Diego, CA||1910||San Diego||CA|
|Garrettson, George G., House, Stockton, San Diego, CA||1895||San Diego||CA|
|Gill, Irving J., House, San Diego, CA||San Diego||CA|
|Granger Hall, National City, CA||National City||CA|
|Grove House, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA||1901||San Diego||CA|
|Kendall, John, House, Waverly Ranch, El Cajon, CA||1893||El Cajon||CA|
|Klauber, Melville and Amy Salz, House, San Diego, CA||1907-1908||San Diego||CA|
|La Jolla Chapel, La Jolla, CA||1910||La Jolla||CA|
|La Jolla Women's Club, La Jolla, CA||La Jolla||CA|
|Laughlin, Homer, Jr., House, Los Angeles, CA||1908-1909||Los Angeles||CA|
|Lee, Alice, House #1, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA||1904-1905||San Diego||CA|
|Lee, Alice, House #2, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA||1905||San Diego||CA|
|Lee, Alice, House #3, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA||1911-1912||San Diego||CA|
|Los Banos Bathhouse, San Diego, CA||1897||San Diego||CA|
|Marine Biological Association of San Diego, Scripps Biological Station, La Jolla, CA||1905||La Jolla||CA|
|Marston, Arthur, House, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA||1905-1906||San Diego||CA|
|Marston, George White and Anna, House, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA||1904-1905||San Diego||CA|
|Miltimore House, South Pasadena, CA||South Pasadena||CA|
|Morgan House, Los Angeles, CA||1917||Los Angeles||CA|
|Pickwick Theatre, San Diego, CA||1904-1905||San Diego||CA|
|Puterbaugh, Johnson Wagoner and Florence Gertrude Fairbanks, House, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA||1902||San Diego||CA|
|Richards, Bartlett and Inez E., House, Coronado, CA||1902||Coronado||CA|
|Schuyler, Daniel, House, San Diego, CA||1893||San Diego||CA|
|Scripps, Ellen Browning, House, La Jolla, CA||1916||La Jolla||CA|
|Southern Pacific Railroad Company, Bridge, Torrance, CA||1913||Torrance||CA|
|Sunnyslope Lodge, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA||1902||San Diego||CA|
|Teats, Katherine, House #1, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA||1905||San Diego||WA|
|Timken, Henry H., House, San Diego, CA||1911||San Diego||CA|
|Torrance Electric Rail Depot, Torrance, CA||1912|
|Tutt House, Coronado, CA||1910||Coronado||CA|
|Waterman, Waldo and Hazel Wood, House, Bankers Hill, San Diego, CA||1900-1901||San Diego||CA|
|West, Horatio, Court Apartments, Santa Monica, CA||Santa Monica||CA|
|White, Ernest, House, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA||1898||San Diego||CA|