Russell Sturgis

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Sturgis, Russell (1836–1909). American architect. He worked for Eidlitz before a period of study in Munich (from 1859), where he absorbed the essences of various medieval styles as well as acquiring a sound grasp of constructional principles. Setting up in practice in NYC (1863), his works included Farnam Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT (1869–70), a well-composed Gothic Revival essay, and the Farnam House, New Haven (1884), in the Queen Anne style. His assistants included G. F. Babb, C. F. McKim, and W. R. Mead (of McKim, Mead, & White). He compiled the important Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and Descriptive (1901–2), and built up the Avery Library, Columbia University.

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ARe, xxv (1909), 146, 220, 404–10, xxvi (1909), 123–31, 393–416;
Doumato (1985b);
Placzek (ed.) (1982);
Sturgis et al. (1901–2, 1971, 1971a, 1977);
van Vynckt (ed.) (1993))