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Louis Skidmore


Louis Skidmore, American architect. Awarded Rotch traveling fellowship for two years European study, 1926, Atelier American Academy, Rome; received American International Assurance Gold Medal of Honor, New York Chapter, 1949, 57; Bradley U. Alumni Honor award, 1952. (Fellow) The American Institute of Architects; member Association Military Engineers, Phi Kappa Sigma.; Club: St. Botolph (Boston).


Skidmore, Louis was born on April 8, 1897 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, United States. Son of Edgar H. and Matilda (Matheus) Skidmore.


Bradley Polytechnical, Institute, Peoria, 1917. Doctor of Laws, Bradley University, Peoria. Special student and post graduate work, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1921-1924.


Associated with A Century of Progress, Chicago, assistant general manager in charge design and construction, 1929-1935. Director School Architecture, Armour Institute (now Illinois Institute Technology, 1936-1937. Co-founder, consultant Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, architects and engrs., Chicago, New York City and San Francisco, since 1936.

Associate architect, United Nations. Consultant to the board of designs, New York World’s Fair, 1938. Architect Terrace Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati, New York University, Bellevue Medical Center.

Lever House, New York, Town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs. Consultant Long Island State Park Commission. Past president New York Building Congress.


  • Author: Section on Exposition Architecture. Encyclopedia Britannica. Tudo Architecture (with Samuel Chamberlain), 1929.


Fellow) The American Institute of Architects. Member Association Military Engineers, Phi Kappa Sigma. Club: St. Botolph (Boston).


Married Eloise Owings, June 14, 1930. Children: Louis, Junior.

Edgar H. Skidmore

Matilda (Matheus) Skidmore

Eloise Owings

Louis Skidmore

Jr Skidmore