Parker N. Berry (1888-1918), Architect
Parker N. Berry was born on September 2, 1888 in Hastings, Nebraska to Elvetta Noble and John Berry. He grew up in Princeton, Illinois. At the age of 21, Berry became the chief draftsman for prominent Chicago Architect Louis Sullivan. In some cases, Berry was also the designer along with Sullivan and other draftsmen. He was the first applicant in the State of Illinois to score a perfect exam on his Illinois State boards to receive his architect's license in 1912. Berry married Grace Robertson from in 1913. He died prematurely on December 16, 1918 of an illness at the age of 30.
Educational & Professional Associations
1906: graduated Princeton, Illinois, High School.
1907-1908: student in architecture, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
1909-1917: apprentice architect, Louis Sullivan, Architect, Chicago, Illinois.
ca. 1912-1917: chief draftsman, chief assistant, and designer, Louis Sullivan, Architect, Chicago, Illinois.
Buildings & Projects
a. This building was designed by both Louis Sullivan and Parker Berry.
1.Donald L. Hoffman, "The Brief Career of a Sullivan Apprentice: Parker N. Berry," Prairie School Review 4:1 (1967): 7-15.
2.Robert Twombly, Louis Sullivan: His Life and Work (1986: The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois), 396.
3. H. Alan Brooks, The Prairie School: Frank Lloyd Wright and His Midwest Contemporaries. (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1972); 311, 316, 343.
4. "Parker Noble Berry," FindAGrave' Accessed September 12, 2019 via https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/88768870/parker-noble-berry
D. Murphy, “Parker N. Berry (1888-1918), Architect,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, September 12, 2019. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, July 8, 2020.
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