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Robert Closson Spencer

architect , inventor

Robert Closson Spencer, American architect, inventor. member Spencer & Powers, 1905-1923; member faculty School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Florida, 1930-1934. Designer of Oak Park (Illinois) High school and many country houses; Fellow American Institute Architects; member Sigma Chi. Wrote article on Florida architecture for American Guide, 1934-1935. Inventor of widely used building appliances.

Background

Spencer, Robert Closson was born on April 13, 1864 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Robert C. and Ellen W. (Whiton) Spencer.

Education

Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, 1886. Rotch traveling scholarship in architecture (of Boston), 1891-1893.

Career

Work in Boston; came to Chicago, 1893. Member Spencer & Powers, 1905-1923. Practiced alone in Chicago, 1923-1928.

Associate professor architecture, Oklahoma A. and M. College, 1928-1930. Member faculty School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Florida, 1930-1934. Designer of Oak Park (Illinois) High school and many country houses.

Painted murals of 8 Florida colonial houses for Federal Government and University of Florida, 1935-1938.

Membership

Member Spencer & Powers, 1905-1923. Member faculty School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Florida, 1930-1934. Designer of Oak Park (Illinois) High school and many country houses.

Fellow American Institute Architects. Member Sigma Chi. Wrote article on Florida architecture for American Guide, 1934-1935. Inventor of widely used building appliances.

Connections

Married Ernestine Elliott, November 28, 1889 (died November 1942). Children: Marian L. (Mistress.

father:
Robert C. Spencer

mother:
Ellen W. (Whiton) Spencer

spouse:
Ernestine Elliott

child:
Marian L. (Mrs Spencer