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‘Father of Modern Architecture’: The legacy of Irving Gill still evident in La Jolla

‘Father of Modern Architecture’: The legacy of Irving Gill still evident in La Jolla

Oct. 7, 2018 marked 82 years since architect Irving J. Gill left this Earth. But his legacy remains in La Jolla by way of the properties he designed. To this day, to say that a property was designed by Gill is a badge of honor.

Gill is credited with giving La Jolla benefactress Ellen Browning Scripps’ legacy a physical presence as one of the “Fathers of Modern Architecture,” and his “classic” period was right here in La Jolla.

Here’s a peek into the life of the man behind many of the Village’s historic buildings.

The early years

Gill was born in a rural town outside of Syracuse, New York in 1870, but little is known about his upbringing. Irving J. Gill Foundation...

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