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Van Brunt, Henry

Ingrid A. Steffensen-Bruce

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Van Brunt, Henry (05 September 1832–08 April 1903), architect and author, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Commodore Gershom Jacques Van Brunt and Elizabeth Price Bradlee. A voracious reader and constant sketcher during his youth, he graduated from Harvard in 1854. He entered into apprenticeship under Boston architect George Snell soon after leaving Harvard, and he stayed there probably until 1857. Van Brunt remarked in his later years that this early training was not conducted under the most encouraging circumstances, and this fact probably contributed to his lifelong interest in the advancement of architectural education in the United States....

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