ARCHITECTURE
CITYSCAPES
SCULPTURE
BOOKS
EXHIBITS
BLOGS
ABOUT
D.H. Burnham & Co
DANIEL HUDSON BURNHAM was born on September 4, 1846 in Henderson New York. In 1854 his parents, Elizabeth and Edwin, moved the family to Chicago where Daniel began his education at Snow's Swedenborgian Academy. Daniel continued at Chicago's Central High. In 1863, after an attempt by 17 year old Daniel, to enlist in the Union Army, he was sent to Waltham Massachusetts to study under Joseph Worcester and later, Tilley Brown Hayward, both Swedenborgians. The Swedenborgian faith and the lifelong connections it provided guided Burnham throughout his life.

Burnham returned to Chicago in 1867 working briefly for Loring and Jenney before heading West to Nevada during the Silver Rush in White Pine County.  He returned to Chicago in 1872 working for architects John Van Osdel, H.B. Wheelock and finally, Carter Drake & White where he met partner John Wellborn Root.  By 1874 the firm of Burnham and Root had gained the commission for the John B. Sherman mansion on South Prairie Avenue. Daniel married  Margaret Sherman in late 1874.

From 1871 until Root's death in 1891, the firm of Burnham & Root gained ever larger and prestigious projects.  Beginning with residential commissions from Chicago's wealthy and elite, they continued with the development of the Skyscraper.  Projects included the Women's Building, the Masonic Temple, the Rookery, and the Monadnock Block.   Root died before their largest and most prestigious commission could be realized:  The World's Columbian Exposition.

Daniel Burnham, assisted by his new design partner, Charles Bowler Atwood, and a strong collaboration with the country's eastern architects and artists guided the Exposition to a resounding success.  And with the national reputation earned and the connections made, D.H. Burnham and Company moved to become among the largest and most important architects in the country.  Skyscrapers, Department Stores, Railway Stations, and Urban Planning were areas of expertise and innovation. 

 

 

 

Marshall Field & Co.
Wabash at Washington
Chicago

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

 

The Palace of Fine Arts
The World's Columbian Exhibition
Chicago

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

The Reliance Building
32 North state Street
Chicago

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

SCULPTURE
"CONSECRATION"

AT

The Medinah Athletic Club
505 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

THE CHICAGO LOOP.org

 

The Silversmith Building
10 South Wabash
Chicago

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

BUILDINGS BY D. H. BURNHAM & Company

MARSHALL FIELD. 1892. Chicago
ELLICOTT SQUARE. 1892. Buffalo
PALACE OF FINE ARTS. 1893. Chicago
RELIANCE BUILDING. 1895. Chicago
FISHER BUILDING. 1896. Chicago
SILVERSMITH BUILDING. 1897. Chicago
MARSHALL FIELD. 1902. Chicago
HEYWORTH BUILDING. 1903. Chicago
FIRST NATIONAL BANK. 1903. Chicago
FLATIRON. 1903. New York
RAILWAY EXCHANGE.. 1904. Chicago
SCHMIDLAPP LIBRARY. 1905 Cincinnati
ORCHESTRA HALL.. 1905. Chicago
UNION STATION. 1908. Washington DC
COM ED. Chicago. 1908
INDIANA MERCHANTS BANK. 1908. Indianapolis
THE FIELD MUSEUM. 1909. Chicago
WANAMAKER'S. 1909 Philadelphia
PEOPLES GAS. 1911 St. Louis
INSURANCE EXCHANGE. 1912. Chicago STEVENS BUILDING. 1912. Chicago
FILENE'S. 1912. Boston.
CONWAY BUILDING. 1913. Chicago
BUTLER BROS WAREHOUSE. 1913. Chicago

PLANS BY D.H. BURNHAM & Company

World's Columbian Exposition 1893
Washington 1901
Cleveland 1903
Manila 1905
San Fransisco 1906
Chicago 1909

 


Follow Links below to view the D.H. Burnham & Company Photo Galleries .

 

Marshall Field & Co.
111 North State Street
Chicago

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

 

The Heyworth Building
29 East Madison Street
Chicago

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

 

The Field Museum
Roosevelt Road at Lake Shore Drive
Chicago

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

 

People's Gas
180 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

 

The Railway Exchange
224 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

 

The Com Ed Building
125 South Clark Street
Chicago

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

 

Orchestra Hall
220 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

 

The Stevens Building
17 North State Street
Chicago

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

 

Butler Brothers Warehouse
111 North Canal
Chicago

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

 

The Conway Building
111 West washington Street
Chicago

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

 

The Insurance Exchange
175 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

With his large scale introduction of  the Beaux Arts Aesthetic in both Architecture and Planning, Daniel Burnham and his Ecole designers, changed the face of the early 20th Century Cities where D.H. Burnham & Co worked.  And none more than his hometown of Chicago.

 

Indiana Merchants Bank
11 South Meridian
Indianapolis

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

 

The Fisher Building
343 South Dearborn Street
Chicago

VIEW THE GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS

NEXT ARCHITECT
PREV