Herman von Holst (1874-1955)

A Military Hospital

A Military Hospital
elevation, 1896
watercolor and ink on paper

Herman von Holst received a B.A. from the University of Chicago before continuing his studies at MIT, where he earned a B.S. degree in Architecture in 1896. Herman von HolstHis thesis project represents a classic Beaux-Arts planning solution for hospital design, one which incorporated connected ward pavilions and a central administration block. After graduating from MIT, von Holst returned to Chicago and entered the firm of Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge. In 1905, he established his own office, moving to the loft space at Steinway Hall in 1909.

That same year, Frank Lloyd Wright abruptly departed for Europe, leaving a number of commissions in varying degrees of completion and von Holst agreed to take over his practice with the stipulation that Marion Mahony come to his office to oversee and complete the work. From 1909-1911, Mahony worked on these projects for von Holst with her own staff. Although von Holst was not considered the most progressive of the Steinway Hall architects, his work does reflect the attitudes of his colleagues.

A Military Hospital

A Military Hospital
plan, 1896
watercolor and ink on paper

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