Henry Bacon (Henry Bacon)

Henry Bacon

Architect. Raised in and around Wilmington, North Carolina, where his father was a civil engineer, Henry spent a year at the University of Illinois. Beginning in 1885 as a draftsman, briefly in Boston, and then in the office of McKim, Mead and White in New York City. After four years, a fellowship enabled him to spend two years traveling abroad, drawing details of Roman and Greek architecture as far afield as Turkey, where he met his future wife, Laura Florence Calvert, daughter of a British consul. In 1897 Henry opened his own office, at first with a partner James Brite. Some of Henry’s accomplishments include the Danforth Memorial Library, in Paterson, New Jersey; the train station in the style of an Italian villa in Naugatuck, Connecticut, the Observatory and other buildings at Wesleyan University and the Union Square Savings Bank, New York City. He designed the Court of the Four Seasons, for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco. He designed the World War I memorial at Yale University. He collaborated with sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens on the Sen. Mark Hanna Monument in Cleveland, Ohio, and Daniel Chester French was responsible for the Memorial’s pensive colossal Lincoln. He is less known for his private houses, including some early ones in Shingle Style. Henry is best remembered for his severe Greek Doric Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (built 1915 – 1922), which was his final project. (bio by: Shock)  Family links:  Parents:  Henry Bacon (1822 – 1891)  Elizabeth Kelton Bacon (1831 – 1912)  Spouse:  Laura Calvert Bacon (1867 – 1945)  Siblings:  Katherine Bacon McKoy (1858 – 1949)*  James Hayward Bacon (1859 – 1924)*  George Fisher Bacon (1862 – 1884)*  Henry Bacon (1866 – 1924)  Carl Kelton Bacon (1876 – 1944)* *Calculated relationship


  • November, 28, 1866
  • USA


  • February, 02, 1924
  • USA


  • Oakdale Cemetery
  • USA

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