Clarence Blackall

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Clarence Blackall can be seen as a direct conduit for the flow of architectural theory and practice from Chicago to Boston. He was trained at the University of Illinois, graduating in 1877, and arrived in Boston in 1882. Although generally recognized for his success with complex theater projects, Blackall's 1894 Carter Winthrop Building was the first steel frame structure in the city of Boston. In addition to its innovative technology, it also used terra cotta trim and featured a dramatically deep, overhanging cornice, a technique frequently employed by Louis Sullivan.
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