Male, US, born 10/19/1869, died 1932

Associated with the firms network

Burnham, Daniel H., and Company, Architects; Gilbert, Cass, Architect; Howard, John Galen, Architect; Ratcliff and Plowman, Architects

Professional History

Draftsman, D.H. Burnham and Company, Chicago, IL, 1893; for Burnham, Plowman worked on designs for the 1892 World's Columbian Exposition; Architectural Superintendent, various building projects in the US, 1896-1900; Exhibit Designer, Paris World's Fair, Paris, France, 1900; Draftsman, Cass Gilbert, Architect, New York, NY, 1902; Superintendent, Saint Louis World's Fair, Saint Louis, MO, 1904; Building Superintendent, John Galen Howard, Supervising Architect for the University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 1904-1909; Partner, Ratcliff and Plowman, Architects, Berkeley, CA, c. 1906-1907; Principal, George T. Plowman, Architect, Berkeley, CA, 1909-1911; Plowman associated with other Berkeley architects on various projects, such as the residence of architect, William C. Hays (1908). Plowman quit architecture and took up etching in 1911. He traveled to Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and France, assiduously sketching, studying Old Master prints, and producing etchings. Construction Superintendent, Shipyard in New Jersey, 1917; Divisional Secretary, Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), France and Germany, c. 1918-1919. Director, Army Art School, Coblenz, Germany, post-World War I.

Bronze Medal for Etching, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, CA, 1915;


B.Arch., University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, 1892. Plowman studied with Douglas Volk in his life drawing classes at the Minneapolis School of Art. He took a life drawing course at the Chicago Art Institute, 1893 and other drawing coursework in San Francisco during his time in the Bay Area, c. 1904-1911. Plowman studied drawing at Eric Pape's School of Art Boston, Boston, MA, and in life classes in Paris and Berlin and at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London. Coursework, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France, 1893-1894; in 1894, he took a sketching tour throughout England, France and Italy. Coursework, Engraving School of the Royal College of Art, South Kensington, London, England, 1912-1914; here he studied etching with Sir Frank Short, R.A., P.R.E.,(1857-1945). (For more on Plowman's career as an etcher, see William Hope Downes, "George T. Plowman's Etchings", Print Connoisseur, vol. 2: 26-49, 09/1921.)


George Plowman, Sr., married Maud Houston Bell (born c. 1874) c. 1895.

By 1910, George and Maude had had three children, all still alive. One son was George Taylor Plowman, Jr., (11/27/1897-06/11/1962). The other two were Edward D. (born c. 1900 in MA) and Lawrence C. (born c. 1896 in CA) Plowman.

By 1921, specimens of Plowman's etchings were held by the New York Public Library, York, NY; Newark Public Library, Newark, NJ; California State Library, Sacramento, CA; Library of Congress, Washington, DC; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA.

Associated Locations

  • Le Sueur, MN (Architect's Birth)
    Le Sueur, MN

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  • Cambridge, MA (Architect's Death)
    Cambridge, MA

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PCAD id: 2032