Claude Fayette Bragdon (Architect) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Claude Fayette Bragdon

Claude Fayette Bragdon was an American architect, writer, and stage designer based in Rochester, New York, up to World War I, then in New York City. The designer of Rochester’s New York Central Railroad terminal and Chamber of Commerce, as well as many other public buildings and private residences, Bragdon enjoyed a national reputation as an architect working in the progressive tradition associated with Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. Along with members of the Prairie School and other regional movements, these architects developed new approaches to the planning, design, and ornamentation of buildings that embraced industrial techniques and building types while reaffirming democratic traditions threatened by the rise of urban mass society. In numerous essays and books, Bragdon argued that only an “organic architecture” based on nature could foster democratic community in industrial capitalist society.

Born: August 01, 1866, Oberlin, Ohio
Died: September 17, 1946, New York City, New York
Nationality: American
Occupation: Architect, writer, stage designer
Years active: 1890–1946
Notable work: Rochester New York Central Station, Chamber of Commerce, Rochester First Universalist Church, Bevier Memorial Building, Shingleside, and the Rochester Italian Presbyterian Church

About Claude Fayette Bragdon

Progressive Prairie School architect and writer who designed the Rochester Chamber of Commerce and Rochester’s New York Central Railroad Station. Believed in organic architecture as a catalyst to democracy. Known for the hypercube.

Before Fame

His early work was influenced by Renaissance architecture and included the Rochester First Universalist Church, Bevier Memorial Building, and the Oswego Yacht Club.


He quarreled with Eastman Kodak magnate George Eastman in 1917 after the two couldn’t agree on how the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Building should be designed.

Family Life

His family was living in Oberlin, Ohio, when he was born, but they raised him in Watertown, Oswego, Dansville, and Rochester, New York. His father was a newspaper editor.


His progressive ideas were similar to those of architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan.

Information related to Claude Fayette Bragdon

  • Livingston County Courthouse (New York) – Livingston County Courthouse in Livingston County, New York is a building in Geneseo, New York, USA, located on 2 Court Street. The court house was designed in 1898 by the Rochester architectural firm of Bragdon & Hillman, which included architects Claude Fayette Bragdon and J. Con.
  • Organic architecture – Organic architecture is a philosophy of architecture which promotes harmony between human habitation and the natural world.
  • Progressivism – Progressivism is a political philosophy in support of social reform. It is based on the idea of progress in which advancements in science, technology, economic development and social organization are vital to the improvement of the human condition.
  • American Theosophists
  • Organic architecture
  • Architects from Ohio
  • Defunct architecture firms based in New York City
  • 19th-century American architects

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