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Robert Closson Spencer

Robert Closson Spencer, American architect, inventor. member Spencer & Powers, 1905-1923; member faculty School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Florida, 1930-1934. Designer of Oak Park (Illinois) High school and many country houses; Fellow American Institute Architects; member Sigma Chi. Wrote article on Florida architecture for American Guide, 1934-1935. Inventor of widely used building appliances.

Background

  • Spencer, Robert Closson was born on April 13, 1864 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Robert C. and Ellen W. (Whiton) Spencer.

  • Education

    • Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, 1886. Rotch traveling scholarship in architecture (of Boston), 1891-1893.

    Career

    • Work in Boston; came to Chicago, 1893. Member Spencer & Powers, 1905-1923. Practiced alone in Chicago, 1923-1928.

      Associate professor architecture, Oklahoma A. and M. College, 1928-1930. Member faculty School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Florida, 1930-1934. Designer of Oak Park (Illinois) High school and many country houses.

      Painted murals of 8 Florida colonial houses for Federal Government and University of Florida, 1935-1938.

    Membership

    Member Spencer & Powers, 1905-1923. Member faculty School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Florida, 1930-1934. Designer of Oak Park (Illinois) High school and many country houses.

    Fellow American Institute Architects. Member Sigma Chi. Wrote article on Florida architecture for American Guide, 1934-1935. Inventor of widely used building appliances.

    Connections

    • Married Ernestine Elliott, November 28, 1889 (died November 1942). Children: Marian L. (Mistress.
    • father: Robert C. Spencer
    • mother: Ellen W. (Whiton) Spencer
    • spouse: Ernestine Elliott
    • child: Marian L. (Mrs Spencer
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