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 Grant Miles Simon  (1887 - 1967)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: landscape, architecture

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The late Grant Miles Simon was well known as a prominent architect, lithographer, painter, historian, and author. Born in 1888, his artistic training includes study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, LEcole des Beaux Arts in Paris, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art. He acquired numerous distinctions as a student and as a practicing architect. His vast knowledge of Philadelphia is reflected in his accomplishments-as chairman of the Philadelphia Historical Commission, and in his lithographs, books, essays, and literary contributions with other distinguished historians.

Beginning as early as 1913, Grant M. Simon was a recognized painter and watercolorist. He gained a considerable reputation for his watercolors in the last twenty years of his life. In 1958, he won the coveted Paris Prize for Architecture, based in part upon a watercolor rendering. His work reflects his interest in his travels-in Philadelphia, the east coast, especially Maine, as well as abroad. In 1949, he spent an entire summer on Mt. Desert Island in Maine, painting and exhibiting his work. This experience influenced his painting technique, particularly misty fogs, for which he has been called a master. In Philadelphia, Simon enjoyed prominence. He designed some of the citys better known landmarks-the Philadelphia Municipal Stadium, the Fidelity-Philadelphia Trust Company building, the First Unitarian Church, the War Memorial of the University of Pennsylvania, and others. He held memberships in the Architectural Institute of America, the American Watercolor Society, and the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design, exclusively for the pupils of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, whose principles they wished to cultivate in the United States. Simon exhibited at the American Watercolor Society in 1943, 1945 and 1946; the National Academy of Design in 1945, 1946; and the Library of Congress in 1941-1943. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Atwater Kent Museum, Library of Congress, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and many others, in addition to distinguished private collections. Grant Miles Simon died in 1967.

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