John Russell Pope (Architect) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
John Russell Pope

John Russell Pope was an American architect whose firm is widely known for designing major public buildings, including the National Archives and Records Administration building, the Jefferson Memorial and the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, all in Washington, DC.

Born: 24, 1874, New York City
Died: 27, 1937, New York City
Nationality: American
Alma mater: Columbia University, École des Beaux-Arts
Occupation: Architect
Spouse(s): Sadie Jones
Children: Mary and Jane Pope
Parent(s): John Pope, Mary Avery Loomis Pope

About John Russell Pope

Designer of the Jefferson Memorial and the National Archives and Records Administration building in Washington, D.C. The first to be awarded the Rome Prize from the newly established American Academy in Rome.

Before Fame

He entered the medical program at Johns Hopkins University but changed his mind after witnessing a surgical operation. He then became a student of architecture at Columbia University, from which he graduated in 1894.


He was known for his designs of civic buildings, including museums and monuments, but he also designed private houses.

Family Life

His father was a well-respected portrait painter in New York.


He also designed the American Museum of Natural History’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial in 1936, which was known for its triumphal arch.

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  • American alumni of the École des Beaux-Arts
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  • Medalists at the 1932 Summer Olympics

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