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 Myron Hunt  (1868 - 1952)

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Lived/Active: Illinois/California/Massachusetts      Known for: architect, illustration

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BIOGRAPHY for Myron Hunt
1868 (Sutherland, Massachusetts)
1952 (Port Hueneme, California)


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Biography from Edenhurst Gallery :
Myron Hunt was born in Sutherland, Massachusetts, on February 27, 1868.
He completed his high school education in Chicago, graduating from Lake View High School. He attended Northwestern University from 1888-1890 and
Massachusetts Institute of Technology between 1890 and 1893. Myron Hunt''s years in Chicago (1896-1903) were formative ones for the architect himself as well as for Chicago architecture.

Hunt, who returned there at the age of twenty-eight to take a position as draftsman in the local office of the Boston firm Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, is mentioned in the reminiscences of Frank Lloyd Wright, Barry Byrne, and George Grant Elmslie as one of the original members of the so-called Steinway Hall group who, with fellow architects, later became known as the Prairie School.

Biographical information about Hunt''s years in Chicago is sparse. Unlike Louis Sullivan, Wright, Dwight Heald Perkins, Robert Spencer, Jr., Alfred Granger and even the man who would become his California partner, Elmer Grey, Hunt did not write about his architectural philosophy. What little he did write during this period dealt with matters of the utmost practicality. While we can follow his tracks through directories and architectural publications, in the end it is chiefly through his buildings that Hunt''s work can be understood, both in relationship to that of his contemporaries and as a precursor of his achievement on the West Coast.

Among Hunt''s well known California designs are the Rose Bowl, the Huntington Musueum and the Pasadena Playhouse.

Hunt Died in Port Hueneme, California in 1952 and his house is now a national landmark and is part of the naval base in Port Hueneme.

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