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Brendan GILL, American journalist. staff. New Yorker magazine since 1936, Broadway drama critic 1967-1987, re-established architectural column The Sky Line since 1987; Victorian Society in America, Landmarks in Conservancy of New York, Preservation League of New York State, Institute for Art and Urban Resources.


Gill, Brendan was born on October 4, 1914 in Hartford, Connecticut, United States. Son of Michael Henry Richard and Elizabeth (Duffy) Gill.


Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Gill attended the Kingswood-Oxford School before graduating in 1936 from Yale University, where he was a member of Skull and Bones.


He also contributed film criticism for Film Comment and wrote a popular book about his time at the New Yorker magazine. He was a long-time resident of Bronxville, New York, and Norfolk, Connecticut. In 1936 The New Yorker editor St. Clair McKelway hired Gill as a writer.

One of the publication's few writers to serve under its first four editors, he wrote more than 1,200 pieces for the magazine. These included Profiles, Talk of the Town features, and scores of reviews of Broadway and Off-Broadway theater productions. As The New Yorker's main architecture critic from 1987 to 1996, he wrote the long-running "Skyline" column before Paul Goldberger took his place.

He also chaired the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and authored 15 books, including Here at The New Yorker and the iconoclastic Frank Lloyd Wright biography Many Masks. Brendan Gill died of natural causes in 1997, at the age of 83. In a New Yorker "Postscript" following Gill's death, John Updike described him as “avidly alert to the power of art in general.”Gill's son, Michael Gates Gill, is the author of How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else.

Chairman of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual ArtsChairman of the Municipal Art SocietyChairman of the New York Landmarks ConservancyVice President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


  • A champion of architectural preservation and other visual arts, Gill joined Jacqueline Kennedy's coalition to preserve and restore New York's Grand Central Terminal.



Chairman Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. Chairman emeritus Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New York, Landmarks Conservancy of New York. Board directors Film Society Lincoln Center, MacDowell Colony, Municipal Art Society, Whitney Museum American Art, New York City, Pratt Institute Art, New York City, MacDowell Colony.

Member American Academy of Arts and Letters, Irish Georgian Society, Victorian Society of America Clubs: Century Association (New York City).


Married Anne Barnard, June 20, 1936. Children: Brenda, Michael, Holly, Madelaine, Rosemary, Kate, Charles.

Michael Henry Richard Gill

Elizabeth (Duffy) Gill

Anne Barnard

Brenda Gill

Michael Gill

Holly Gill

Madelaine Gill

Rosemary Gill

Kate Gill

Charles Gill