George D. Mason


George D. Mason

George DeWitt Mason (1856 - 1948) was an American architect who practiced in Detroit, Michigan in the latter part of the 19th and early decades of the 20th centuries. [ Hill, Eric J., and John Gallagher, AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Architecture in Detroit, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI 2003 ]

Mason was born in Syracuse, New York , the son of James H. and Zelda E. Mason. The family moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1870 and he received his early education there.

Education and Career

Mason began his architectural career working for Detroit architect Henry T. Brush in 1873. In 1878 he joined with Zachariah Rice to form the firm Mason and Rice. This partnership lasted until 1898, after which time Mason continued his practice alone. [ Pipp, E.G., "Men Who Have Made Michigan", 1927 Edition, Pipp's Magazine, Detroit Michigan ]

From 1884 until 1896 Albert Kahn worked with Mason and Rice and he returned to partner with Mason for a few years early in the 20th Century.

elected commissions

: Those before 1898 were with Mason and Rice::All buildings are in Detroit Michigan unless otherwise indicated.

*Michigan Central Railroad Depot, Chelsea, Michigan (1880)
*Cass Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church (1883)
*Thompson Home (1884)
*Most Holy Trinity Rectory (1886)
*Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island,Michigan
*Gilbert Lee House (1888)
*First Presbyterian Church (Detroit, Michigan) (1889)
*James E. Scrips Mansion (1891)
*Trinity Episcopal Church (1892)
*Belle Isle Police Station (1893)
*Hiram Walker and Sons, Building, Windsor, Ontario (1896)
*Detroit Opera House, (1898) (Demolished 1966)
*Palms Apartments (with Albert Kahn) (1903)
*Belle Isle Aquarium, (with Kahn)
*West Engineering Building (with Kahn) (1904), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
*Century Club and Gem Theater (1903), (1927), building moved, 1997
*Cadillac Motor Car Company Amsterdam Street Plant (1905)
*Pontchartrain Hotel (1907) (Demolished 1920)
*Mitchell Brothers Company Building, (1907) Cadillac, Michigan
*Charles T. Fisher House (ca. 1915)
*Fred Fisher House (ca.1918); later additions, ca. 1923
*Trinity United Methodist Church (Highland Park, Michigan) (1923)
*Detroit Masonic Temple (1926)
*Central Woodward Christian Church (1928)
*Detroit College of Law Building (Demolished)
*Zion Luthern Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Notes

References and further reading

*Eckert, Kathryn Bishop, Buildings of Michigan, Oxford University Press, New York 1993

*Ferry, W. Hawkins, "The Buildings of Detroit: A History", Wayne State University Press, Detroit, Michigan, 1968

*Hill, Eric J., and John Gallagher, AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Architecture in Detroit, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI 2003

*Kvaran, Einar Einarsson, Architectural Sculpture in America, unpublished manuscript

*Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan A.D. 1926, A.L. 5926 dedication booklette, no date, copyright or publishing information

* Parducci, Corrado, "Work Records of Corrado J. Parducci", unpublished manuscript

*Pipp, E.G., "Men Who Have Made Michigan", 1927 Edition, Pipp's Magazine, Detroit Michigan

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