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Henry Ives Cobb

Henry Ives Cobb (August 19, 1859 – March 27, 1931). Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, he was a Chicago-based architect in the last decades of the 19th century, known for his designs in the Romanesque and Victorian Gothic styles.

Cobb designed Potter Palmer's castle on Lake Shore Drive, the Chicago Varnish Company Building which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a Chicago Landmark, the federal courthouse, the Newberry Library, the Fisheries Building at the World's Columbian Exposition, and many pre-1900 buildings at Lake Forest College and the University of Chicago. Cobb left Chicago in 1898 to seek a warmer climate for his children.


Former Chicago Historical Society Building