T. Glenn Phillips (1877 – 1945)
T. Glenn Phillips' work as a planner and architect focused on the American midwest, particularly on his home state of Michigan. He studied landscape gardening and forestry at Michigan Agricultural College (later Michigan State University) and began his career with the U.S. Bureau of Forestry.
In addition to forming his own landscape architecture practice, he quickly became involved with city planning. He was particularly involved with municipal affairs in his hometown, serving on the initial Detroit City Plan and Improvement Commission from 1909 to 1919; later he served as a consultant to the commission as well. During World War I, he left his own practice to serve as a town planner with the United States Housing Corporation.
Phillips had a particular interest in planning subdivisions, where “he combined the landscape architect’s interest in the development of the individual home and the preservation of natural beauty with the city planner’s concern for a workable and orderly community.”(1)
Phillips was a fellow of the ASLA and served as Chairman of the Detroit Civic Committee.
Campus plan, Michigan State University
Henry Ford House gardens, Detroit
"Zoning and the street system," 1927
(1) Miriam Hall, "Biographical Minute," Landscape Architecture (Vol. 35, No. 4, July 1945).