Arthur D. Gilman

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Portrait of Gilman, ca.1870

Arthur Delevan Gilman (November 5, 1821, Newburyport, Massachusetts – July 11, 1882, Syracuse, New York) was an American architect, designer of many Boston neighborhoods, and member of the American Institute of Architects.

Life and career

Gilman was a descendant of Edward Gilman, Sr., one of the first settlers of Exeter, New Hampshire.[1] Gilman was educated at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1844 he published a paper on "American Architecture" in the North American Review, which was translated into several foreign languages. He was then invited to deliver twelve lectures before the Lowell Institute, Boston, after which he went to Europe on a tour of professional observation.

On his return to Boston, he advocated filling in the Back Bay district, urging this plan for years before his views were carried out by the state. Here Gridley James Fox Bryant was his colleague. Commonwealth Avenue, now one of the finest streets in the world, is due almost entirely to his persistent efforts, along with Frederick Law Olmsted. Gilman designed the H. H. Hunnewell house (1851) in Wellesley (then West Needham)[2] and, with Bryant, the Old City Hall in Boston (1862–65).

In 1865 he moved to New York City, where he designed the original Equitable Insurance Company's building, the Bennett Building for The New York Herald,[3] and St. John's Church and parsonage[4] circa 1869[5] in Clifton, Staten Island.


In addition to the projects mentioned above, he also designed:



  1. ^ Wilson, James Grant. Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "Gilman, Arthur, architect", Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography, 1990.
  2. ^ "Draft Open Space and Recreation Plan, 2015-2022, Town of Wellesley, MA" (PDF). 
  3. ^ Harris, Gale (November 21, 1995). "Bennett Building Designation Report" (PDF). New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. 
  4. ^ "St. John's P.E. Rectory, Staten Island | Historic Districts Council's Six to Celebrate". Retrieved 2018-05-10. 
  5. ^ "St. John's Episcopal Church :: Church History". Retrieved 2018-05-10. 


External links

  • Works by or about Arthur D. Gilman in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  • Benjamin J. Stark residence (New London, Conn.) : architectural drawings, 1866. Held by the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

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