Arthur D. Gilman

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Arthur Delevan Gilman

Birthdate: (61)
Death: 1882 (61)
Immediate Family:

Son of Arthur Gilman and Elizabeth Coffin Marquand
Half brother of Mary Ann Hill; Rev. James Frederic Otis; Abby Otis and Joseph Marquand Otis

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About Arthur D. Gilman

Arthur Delevan Gilman (November 5, 1821, Newburyport, Massachusetts – July 11, 1882, Syracuse, New York) was an American architect, designer of many Boston neighborhoods, and member of the American Institute of Architects.

Life and career

Gilman was a descendant of Edward Gilman, Sr., one of the first settlers of Exeter, New Hampshire.[citation needed] Gilman was educated at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1844 he published a paper on "American Architecture" in the North American Review, which was translated into several foreign languages. He was then invited to deliver twelve lectures before the Lowell Institute, Boston, after which he went to Europe on a tour of professional observation.

On his return to Boston, he advocated filling in the Back Bay district, urging this plan for years before his views were carried out by the state. Here Gridley James Fox Bryant was his colleague. Commonwealth Avenue, now one of the finest streets in the world, is due almost entirely to his persistent efforts, along with Frederick Law Olmsted. Gilman designed the H. H. Hunnewell house (1851) in Wellesley (then West Needham) and, with Bryant, the Old City Hall in Boston (1862–65).

In 1865 he moved to New York City, where he designed The Equitable Insurance Company's building, the Bennett Building[citation needed] for The New York Herald, and St. John's Church and parsonage at Clifton, Staten Island.


In addition to the projects mentioned above, he also designed:

Horticultural Hall, Boston (1865), Tremont St., with Bryant

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Age 61