Irving J. Gill
A Man of Firsts
Irving J. Gill is well known for his pioneering efforts in finding new methods of construction that were sympathetic with his equally pioneering architectural aesthetic. One of many and well known, examples of this is his early adoption and experimentation with cement and tilt-wall construction.
Gill, ever the progressive designer and patron of art and architecture, also turns out to hold a title of First when it comes to public art. According to the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and Culture:
“The Civic Art Collection began unofficially in 1909 when the City accepted the gift of the Horton Plaza Fountain, designed by architect Irving J. Gill, from local businessman and banker Louis J. Wilde.”
Visit Gill’s recently restored fountain and park: Map
American Institute of Architects
Irving J. Gill with Maybeck Award
The Maybeck Award is an exceptional honor that is given to a limited number of California architects. Winners must show a lifetime of significant achievements, substantial contributions to the profession, and a body of work that is notable and influential. Gill meets all these criteria, and the judges voted unanimously for Gill to thus be honored.
The following video features Gill’s architecture and is composed of portions of the application submitted by the Irving J. Gill Foundation to the AIA CC. It was first shown at Irving J. Gill: Transitioning to Modern, the Foundation’s symposium and celebrations held on April 26, 2018 in San Diego.
The Gill Foundation submitted the award application on Gill’s behalf. James B. Guthrie, A.I.A., president and founder of the Irving J. Gill Foundation accepted the award in Irving J. Gill’s honor at an AIA CC ceremony in Monterey, California on October 13, 2017.