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Burnham, Daniel Hudson

Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846 - 1912)

Daniel Hudson Burnham, was an American architect and urban planner born 1846 in Henderson New York, raised in Chicago Illinois. He was the Director of Works for the World's Columbian Exposition and designed several famous buildings, including the Flatiron Building in New York City and Union Station in Washington D.C.

After failing admissions tests for both Harvard and Yale, and an unsuccessful stint at politics, Burnham apprenticed as a draftsman under William LeBaron Jenney. At age 26, Burnham moved on to the Chicago offices of Carter, Drake, and Wight, where he met future business partner John Wellborn Root (1850–1891). The firm became known as D.H. Burnham & Company. His firm continues its work today under the name Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, which it adopted in 1917.

Burnham was quoted as saying, "Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will not themselves be realized." (Moore 1921)

Important Buildings


Baguio City,Philippines
Burnham Park,Philippines
Columbus Union Station of 1897
David Whitney Building,Detroit
Dime Building,Detroit
Ellicott Square Building in Buffalo, New York
Fayette Bank Building, Pennsylvania
Fieldmuseum Chicago, Illinois
Fisher Building, Chicago Illinois
Flatiron Building, New York City
Ford Building,Detroit
Frick Building,Pittsburgh
Henry W. Oliver Building,Pittsburgh
Heyworth Building, Chicago Illinois
Highland Building,Pittsburgh
Kent House, Chicago Illinois
Majestic Building,Detroit
Manila,Philippines
Marshall Field and Company Building, Chicago Illinois
McCreery Department Store,Pittsburgh
Monadnock Building, Chicago Illinois
Pennsylvania Railroad Station, Richmond, Indiana
Pennsylvania Union Station,Pittsburgh
Postal Square Building, Washington, D.C.
Reliance Building, Chicago Illinois
Rookery Building, Chicago Illinois
The Group Plan, Cleveland with Arnold Brunner and John Carrère
Union Station, El Paso
Union Station, Washington, D.C.
Union Stock Yard Gate, Chicago Illinois
Union Trust Building,Pittsburgh
Wyandotte Building, Columbus, Ohio

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