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David Lynn

architect of capitol.

David Lynn, American architect of capitol. Recipient silver Sesquicentennial medallion (observance of 157th anniversary of laying of cornerstone of the United States capitol), September 18, 1950. Member Capitol Police Board; member District of Columbia Zoining Commission; member S.A.R., Columbia History Society; Mason.


Lynn, David was born on November 10, 1873 in Wheeling, West Virginia, United States. Son of David and Mary Jane (Acheson) Lynn.


Educational public schools, Allegheny County Academy.


Civil engineer and understudy to architect of capitol, 1910-1923, architect (the 7th since 1793) of capitol since 1923. Architect’s charge includes care, maintenance, planning and construction of buildings and other facilities for Congress, Supreme Court of the United States Court, also miscellaneous facilities. Since 1923, more important public works include construction New House Office Building, First St. Wing of Senate Office Building, Supreme Court of the United States Court Building, Library of Congress Annex, relocation United States Botanical Gardens (with construction new conservatories), enlargement and development as park area of Capitol grounds, reconstruction of roofs and skylights of Senate and House wings of capitol, also remodelling Senate and House chambers (1949-1950).

Now engaged in reconstruction and modernization program for capitol power plant.


Member Capitol Police Board. Member District of Columbia Zoining Commission. Member S.A.R., Columbia History Society.


Married Margaret Allan Trimble, May 7, 1924. Children: David, South Trimble, Margaret Acheson.

David Lynn

Mary Jane (Acheson) Lynn

Margaret Allan Trimble

David Lynn

South Trimble Lynn

Margaret Acheson Lynn