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Claude Bragdon

Claude Bragdon, American architect, artist, author, lecturer. (Fellow) The American Institute of Architects; member Theosophical Society of America.


  • Bragdon, Claude was born on August 1, 1866 in Oberlin, Ohio, United States. Son of George Chandler and Catherine Elmina (Shipherd) Bragdon.

  • Education

    • Master in Architecture, University of Michigan.


    • Began as architect in Rochester, New York. Built New York City R.R. Station and Rochester Chamber of Commerce. Art director for Walter Hampden’s prodns. of Cyrano, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Merchant of Venice and others.

      Delivered Scammon lectures at Chicago The Art Institute of Chicago, 1915. Exhibited paintings at Ferargil Galleries, New York, 1941. Three time winner of President’s Medal of Architectural League of New York.


    • Author: The Golden Person in the Heart, 1898. The Beautiful Necessity, 1910. Episodes from an Unwritten History, 1912.

      A Primer of Higher Space, 1913. Projective Ornament, 1913. Four-Dimensional Vistas, 1916.

      Architecture and Democracy, 1918. Oracle, 1921
    • Old Lamps for New, 1925. The New Image, 1928
    • Merely Players, 1929.

      The Eternal Poles, 1931. The Frozen Fountain, 1932. An Introduction to Yoga, 1933.

      Delphie Woman, 1936
    • More Lives Than One (autobiography), 1938. The Arch Lectures, 1942. Yoga for You, 1943


    Fellow) The American Institute of Architects. Member Theosophical Society of America.


    • Married Charlotte Coffyn Wilkinson, November 3, 1902.; married second, Eugenie Macaulay Julier, July 13, 1912. Children: Henry Wilkinson, Chandler.
    • father: George Chandler Bragdon
    • mother: Catherine Elmina (Shipherd) Bragdon
    • spouses: Charlotte Coffyn Wilkinson
    • Eugenie Macaulay Julier
    • children: Henry Wilkinson Bragdon
    • Chandler Bragdon
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    Born August 1, 1866
    Died September 17, 1946
    (aged 80)