Turnbull & Jones, Architects
William C. Jones (1868-1930), Architect
Gilbert Marshall Turnbull (1856-1919), Architect
Turnbull & Jones was an architectural firm in Chicago and Elgin, Illinois that began in 1895 when William C. Jones left Holabird & Roche. Thereafter, Jones and Gilbert M. Turnbull became partners until the 1910s. The firm designed homes, stores, schools, government buildings, churches, and factories all over the Midwest.
William C. Jones was born in 1868 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Laura Lowry and Robert Cadwallader Jones. He moved to Chicago in 1890 and began to work with Holabird & Roche. While working for the firm, Jones took part in the design of the 1893 World's Fair buildings. He left the firm in 1895, partnered with Turnbull for a couple decades, and by the mid-1910s was working alone. Jones married Ida M. Noble in 1894 and had a son named Howard Palfrey. Jones was living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by the time of his death in 1930.
Gilbert Marshall Turnbull was born on April 23, 1856 in Washington, Iowa. He was trained as a carpenter and contractor in Iowa. In 1880, Turnbull moved to Illinois, where he married his wife Edith Mary Kinney in 1889 and had a daughter, Gilberta. He built many flats and double residences to meet the needs of the city, many of which are still standing. Turnbull designed and built his own residence in 1888, a brick flat located at 71-73 Park Row, Elgin, Illinois where he lived until his death. He became an architect around 1890. He is noted as influential in developing the quality and character of the Elgin Historic District, an area with a number of buildings that Turnbull designed and built. Turnbull died on February 19, 1919. 
This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the Format and contents of Nebraska architect entries page for more information on the compilation and page organization.
Buildings & Projects
Presbyterian Church (1900), Neenah, Wisconsin. 
Summerfield United Methodist Church (1904), 728 E Juneau Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 
Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church (1904-1906), 2650 Farnam St., Omaha, Nebraska.  (DO09:0209-001)
First Presbyterian Church (1908-1910), 26 W. Babcock St., Bozeman, Montana.
Fifth St. Grace Methodist Episcopal Church (1911), 5th St., Waterloo, Iowa.
Trinity Lutheran Church (1916), 712 12th St., Boone, Iowa.
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10. Gifford Park Association, "71-73 Park Row, Gilbert M. Turnbill Flat, 1888", CityofElgin.org Accessed February 14, 2018 via https://cityofelgin.org/index.aspx?NID=992&PREVIEW=YES
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P.A. Haynes, “Turnbull & Jones, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, February 13, 2018. http://www.e-nebraskahistory.org/index.php?title=Place_Makers_of_Nebraska:_The_Architects Accessed, December 9, 2022.
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