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Architect

Guy Lowell was one of Boston's most distinguished architects, made a name for himself as a landscape architect.

Background

Guy Lowell was born in 1870 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, member of a prominent England family.

Education

After an early education in private schools the young man entered Harvard where he graduated with the class of 1892. His professional training was acquired at Bostons M. I. T., and during four years (1895-99) in Europe during which he attended Atliers of the Paris Ecole des Beaux Arts, studuing architectural history and design, also landscape gardening.

Career

Returning to Boston he established an office in the city, launching a career that was to bring him success and many honors. A skilled and versatile designer Mr Lowells work was broad in scope, comprising large public and institutional buildings, many distinctive residences, country estates, and formal gardens

One of his most important early commissions was to prepare a new building program for Phillips Academy at Andover, Mass., and between 1903 and 1923 he designed a score of new buildings on the campus, all conforming in style to the older structures of Georgian design. Among Mr. Lowell's other noted

achievements in architecture was the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, completed in 1908; the Cumberland County Court House, Portland, Maine; State Historical Building, Concord, N. H. Simmons College buildings in Boston; Emerson Hall, a new Lecture Hall, and the President's House at Harvard University; several units of the State Normal School, Bridgewater, Mass. Memorial Tower and other buildings at Brown University, Providence, R.I., Eden Hall, Bar Harbor, Maine, a new Art School at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (under erection at the time of his death), and his largest and most important contribution to American architecture, the New York County Court House, completed only a short time prior to his death.

Mr. Lowell also won wide recognition in the field of domestic architecture, designing homes of distinction, and large private estates with landscaped grounds for many persons of prominence. Among his clients were Frederick L. Ames of North Easton, Mass., Jefferson Coolidge, Beverly Farms, Mass., Robert Gould Shaw, George C. Knapp, Lake George, New York, Paul Cravath, Locust Valley, Long Island, New York, Richard Sears, Islesboro, Maine, Francis Skinner, Dedham, Mass., B. F. Goodrich, York Harbor, Maine, Cyrus Allen and Thomas McKaye, Beverly, MassClarence McKay, Harbor Hill, Long Island, and Harry Payne Whitney. Manhasset, Long Island. For the late Andrew Carnegie, and Morton F. Plant, Mr. Lowell designed formal gardens for their New York city homes, an Italian garden at New London, Conn, for Mr. Plant, and buildings and landscaping of grounds at the Bayard Thayer estate, Lancaster, Mass.

Early in his career Mr. Lowell lectured for a time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the subject of Landscape Architecture. He was one of the first architects to write a book on American Gardens, and traveled extensively in preparation for his Italian Villas and Farmhouses, published in two beautifully illustrated volumes.

During the first World War he went to Italy to participate in Red Cross work, and in appreciation of his aid and encouragement to that country in the darkest days of the war, was awarded the Italian Distinguished War Cross.

Works

  • Other Work

    • New York County Courthouse

      (The granite-faced hexagonal building was designed by Guy ...)

    • Boston Museum of Fine Arts Huntington Ave, Boston, MA

      (The Museum of Fine Arts (or MFA) in Boston, Massachusetts...)

Connections

father:
Edward T Lowell

cousin:
Percival Lowell - astronomer