(b Huntly, Scotland, 20 Feb 1871; d Chicago, IL, 23 April 1952). American architect and designer. Elmslie settled in Chicago with his family in 1884. After attending high school, he entered the office of Joseph Lyman Silsbee (1848-1913), where Frank Lloyd Wright and George W. Maher were already employed. In 1889 he joined the firm of Adler & Sullivan, becoming chief draughtsman in 1893. He continued in this capacity with Louis Sullivan after the partnership dissolved in 1895. In addition to the usual tasks of preparing contract documents and working drawings, he became increasingly responsible for the ornament that Sullivan lavished on the exterior and interior of his buildings.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.