Born in Zanesville, OH, Cass Gilbert received his architectural education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1878-1880) before traveling to Europe. When he returned to the States, he became part of the office of McKim, Mead & White, but within two years was back in the Midwest, in St. Paul, MN, where he established his own office, even working for nearly eight years in partnership with James Knox Taylor (1884-1892). Soon after the dissolution of this partnership, Gilbert won the competition for the Minnesota Capitol, and this publicity made him a national figure. Soon he was operating both in the Midwest and in New York City, where several of his major triumphs occurred, including the Woolworth Building (1911-1913).
Like other New York-based architects of the time, Gilbert often participated in the annual T-Square Club/Philadelphia Chapter AIA exhibitions. Gilbert also welcomed a number of Philadelphia architects into his office, offering the kind of training that McKim, Mead & White had given in the late nineteenth century.
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