George W. Maher (Architect) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

George W. Maher

George Washington Maher was an American architect during the first-quarter of the 20th century. He is considered part of the Prairie School-style and was known for blending traditional architecture with the Arts & Crafts-style. According to architectural historian H. Allen Brooks, “His influence on the Midwest was profound and prolonged and, in its time, was certainly as great as was [Frank Lloyd] Wright’s. Compared with the conventional architecture of the day, his work showed considerable freedom and originality, and his interiors were notable for their open and flowing…space”. Maher was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1916.

Born: December 25, 1864, Mill Creek, West Virginia, U.S.
Died: September 12, 1926, Douglas, Michigan
Nationality: American
Occupation: Architect

About George W. Maher

Foremost member of the Arts and Crafts Movement who founded The Chicago Arts and Crafts Society. Known for his designs of the John Farson House in Oak Park, Illinois, and Pleasant Home.

Before Fame

He began apprenticing with the firm of Augustus Bauer and Henry Hill in Chicago when he was 13. He was employed as a draftsman in 1897 by the famed Joseph L. Silsbee.


He was an architect of the Prairie School, a style of architecture popular in the Midwestern U.S.; he was elected a Fellow in 1916 of the American Institute of Architects.

Family Life

His family was residing in Mill Creek, West Virginia, when he was born, but relocated to New Albany, Indiana, a few years later. His family then moved to Chicago when he was a young teenager because of their difficult financial straits. He married Elizabeth Brooks in 1893.


He worked for a time with architect Frank Lloyd Wright at Silsbee’s firm, and his influence on Midwest architecture was considered comparable to Wright’s influence.

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