Jacques Greber, Urbaniste et Architecte
Gordon, David, Gournay, Isabelle, Urban History Review
Jacques Greber (1882-1962) was born into an artistic family in Paris, and admitted in architecture at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in 1901.  He was a fine student, winning several prizes during the arduous training at the Ecole. On his graduation in 1909, he missed the Rome Prize for architecture, which changed the direction of his career. Instead of spending years in Rome studying classical architecture, he left for the United States, where American architects who had trained at the Ecole immediately engaged his talents to design jardins a la francaise for the large houses they built in New England.
Greber quickly developed a reputation as a landscape architect and collaborated with Horace Trumbauer of Philadelphia on mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, and Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Greber's work with Trumbauer helped him win his first major commissions in urban design, the 1917 Fairmount Parkway in Philadelphia (figure 1), a diagonal avenue cut through William Penn's 1682 grid plan from the Art Museum to City Hall.  While completing the parkway, …
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Publication information: Article title: Jacques Greber, Urbaniste et Architecte. Contributors: Gordon, David - Author, Gournay, Isabelle - Author. Journal title: Urban History Review. Volume: 29. Issue: 2 Publication date: March 2001. Page number: 3. © 1998 Becker Associates. COPYRIGHT 2001 Gale Group.
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