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John Root

Full name: John Wellborn Root, Jr.
Gender: Male
Born: July 14, 1887 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: October 24, 1963 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Art Competitions


John Wellborn Root, Jr. was born as the son of architect John Wellborn Root, Sr., one of the originators of the Chicago School of Architecture. After he had graduated from Cornell University John Root, Jr. went to Paris to study architecture at the well known École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. There, he met John Augur Holabird, son of the architect and founder of the firm [Holabird & Roche]. They both returned to Chicago and joined the firm in 1919. A few years later both Holabird, Sr. and Roche died and the friends formed the new partnership Holabird & Root, by which it is still known into the 21st century. They became famous for their spectacular Art Deco style buildings. Root designed the Palmolive Building (1929), the Chicago Board of Trade, the Chrysler Building at the 1933 World's Fair, and the Chicago Daily News Building (1929). The company survived the Great Depression and in 1945 Root became a member of the Chicago Planning Commission.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Summer 45 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Architecture, Unknown Event United States USA AC

Mixed Architecture, Unknown Event

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1932 Summer 45 Los Angeles Art Competitions United States Final Standings AC
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