John Wellborn Root

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John Wellborn Root

Birthplace: Lumpkin County, Georgia, United States
Death: Died in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Sidney Root and Mary Harvey Root
Husband of Dora Louise Root and Mary Louise Root
Father of Margaret Fetcher and John Wellborn Root, Jr.
Brother of Walter Root

Occupation: Architect
Managed by: Judith Ann Berlowitz
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About John Wellborn Root

John Wellborn Root (January 10, 1850 – January 15, 1891) was an American architect who worked out of Chicago with Daniel Burnham. He was one of the founders of the Chicago School style. One of his buildings was designated a National Historic Landmark; others have been designated Chicago landmarks and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1958 he received the AIA Gold Medal.


Architect. Important architect of the Chicago School. His grave marker has a drawing of one of his last designs. It is the entrance of a building at the Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. He died before the fair.

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John Wellborn Root's Timeline

January 10, 1850
Lumpkin County, Georgia, United States
October 4, 1883
Age 33
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
July 14, 1887
Age 37
January 15, 1891
Age 41
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States