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Claude Bragdon

architect , artist , author , lecturer.

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.


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

  • All works


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.

George Chandler Bragdon

Catherine Elmina (Shipherd) Bragdon

Charlotte Coffyn Wilkinson

Eugenie Macaulay Julier

Henry Wilkinson Bragdon

Chandler Bragdon