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Frederick Gutheim was an urban planner and historian, architect, and author.


Gutheim was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1931, and did graduate work at the University of Chicago.


Bachelor of Arts Wisconsin, 1931. Postgraduate, University Chicago, 1935. Degree in public service (honorary), George Washington University, 1979.

Doctorate (honorary), University Maryland, 1989.


He is noted for writing The Potomac, a history of the Potomac River and the 40th volume in the Rivers of America Series, and Worthy of a Nation a history of the development of Washington, D.C. He served in the Army during World War II. In addition to writing many books, Gutheim served as the staff director of the joint congressional committee on Washington Metropolitan Problems and was the president of the Washington Center for Metropolitan Studies. He was also on the JFK's Advisory Council on Pennsylvania Avenue and the National Capital Regional Planning Council.

While serving on these committees, he wrote articles for the New York Herald Tribune, Progressive Architecture, Inland Architect and the Washington Post. Gutheim taught or held administrator positions as the University of Michigan, Williams College, George Washington University, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The pinnacle of his career may have been the photographic exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. that he created of American architecture to celebrate 100th anniversary of the American Institute of Architects.

The exhibition was heralded as an important landmark in American architecture, journalism, and academia. Later in his career, in 1972, Gutheim was the national chairman of the Frederick Law Olmsted Sesquicentennial Committee.



Commissioner Upper Montgomery County (Maryland) Planning Committee, 1950-1957. Member National Capital Regional Planning Council, 1952-1957, President's Council on Pennsylvania Ave, 1962-1964, President's Task Force on Natural Beauty, 1964, United States Capitol Master Plan Group, 1976-1982. Chairman National Capital Transportation Agency Board, 1961-1965.

Member Potomac Planning Task Force, Department Interior, 1965-1967. Chairman Frederick Law Olmsted Sesquicentennial, 1972, Sugarloaf Regional Trails, Maryland, from 1974, United Nations Housing and Planning Mission to Zambia, 1965, National Trust Honor Awards Jury, 1982. Consultant on environmental, habitat conferences United Nations, 1965-1978.

Member Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission, 1979-1981. Adviser National Association Olmsted Parks, 1980-1986. Served with Army of the United States, 1943-1945.

Fellow United States International Council Monuments and Sites. Member American Institute of Architects (honorary, Medallist 1978, honorary award with Capitol master plan group, 1986), Italian Town Planning Institute (honorary), American Institute Certified Planners, International Federation for Housing and Planning (member council from 1977). Clubs: Cosmos (Washington).

14 W. Hamilton St. (Baltimore).


Married Mary Purdon, June 8, 1935. L son, Nicholas.

August G. Gutheim

Augusta (Meiser) Gutheim

Mary Purdon