Philip H. Frohman

Philip H. Frohman

Philip H. Frohman

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Philip Hubert Frohman (November 16, 1887 – October 30, 1972) was an architect who is most widely known for his work on the Washington National Cathedral, named, the "Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul" in Washington, D.C. He worked on the English Gothic style cathedral from 1921 until his death in 1972.Harrington 1979, p.10-11.

Personal life

Frohman had a notable lineage in the related worlds of architecture and engineering. His great-great-grandfather was Philippe Joachim Joseph Gengembre, who served as Director of Works for King Louis Philippe of France in the early 19th century. Gengembre designed France’s first steam warship and the first home in Paris to feature gas lighting. Gengembre’s son, Charles Antoine Colomb Gengembre, both an architect and civil engineer, supervised the building of the first railway from Liverpool to Manchester.Feller 1979, p.22.

In 1849, the family moved to America. While practicing architecture in New York, Frohman’s grandfather, Philippe Gengembre Hubert, designed the Hotel Chelsea, later to become a well-known residence for actors, writers, musicians and other artists. Built in 1883, it had the distinction of being the tallest building in New York until 1899. Initially constructed as an apartment building, it still remains in operation today, as a hotel. Frohman would be born in this...
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