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John Wellborn Root Birthplace Site

 
 
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By David Seibert, August 13, 2011
1. John Wellborn Root Birthplace Site Marker
Inscription. John Wellborn Root (1850-1891), world famous architect, was born on this site. The son of Mary Clark and Sidney Root, he was educated in Lumpkin, Atlanta, New York, and Claremont and Oxford in England. A pioneer in some phases of architecture, he designed plans for the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and for the Fine Arts Building that became Chicago’s permanent Museum of Fine Arts. He devised the system of grillage foundations, now standard practice in architecture, and his work was “modern, honest and structurally true”. He was a gifted musician, artist and amateur actor.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 128-15.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 3.049′ N, 84° 47.764′ W. Marker is in Lumpkin, Georgia, in Stewart County. Marker is on Maple Street just south of Broad Street (Georgia Route 27), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lumpkin GA 31815, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bedingfield Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); Our Soldiers
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By David Seibert, August 13, 2011
2. John Wellborn Root Birthplace Site Marker
The marker, at the edge of a private yard
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); County Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Lumpkin and Stewart County (about 500 feet away); Stewart County Academy and Masonic Building (about 700 feet away); Masonic Female College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Providence Canyons (approx. 0.2 miles away); Westville Symposium (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Lumpkin.
 
Also see . . .
1. John W. Root. Wikipedia biography. (Submitted on August 26, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

2. Biographic artical from New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Submitted on August 26, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
3. More information on Root. Information on a Chicago Tribute Marker of Distinction (Submitted on August 26, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Additional keywords. Architects, Architecture
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
John Wellborn Root Birthplace Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 13, 2011
3. John Wellborn Root Birthplace Site Marker
The marker from Maple Street, at the edge of a private yard.
John Wellborn Root image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
4. John Wellborn Root
Root was born in 1850 and died in 1891. His son, John Wellborn Root, Jr., was also an architect practicing in Chicago.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 412 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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