Schmidt, Richard E.

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Schmidt, Richard E. Gender: M
Richard Ernst Michael Schmidt
born on 14 November 1865 at 13:30 (= 1:30 PM )
Place Ebern, Germany, 50n05, 10e47
Timezone LMT m10e47 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 22°12' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 09°39 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 29°59'


American architect, a member of the so-called first Chicago School and a near-contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan.

Schmidt was brought to America by his parents at the age of one. In 1883 he enrolled in the architecture school at MIT, but left to begin practising before completing the program, working for such architects as Adolph Cudell and Charles Sumner Frost before eventually settling in Chicago in 1887.

Eight years later, he asked Hugh Mackie Gorden Garden to join his firm as chief designer, as he was also an extremely skilled structural engineer. Although known primarily for their commercial and industrial designs, the firm also designed more than 300 hospitals as well as many other public structures, all in a progressive style, similar to Sullivan and Wright.

He died on 17 October 1959, aged 93, in Winnetka.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "Richard Ernest Schmidt (1865 bis 1959)" in Der rothe Doktor von Chicago: ein deutsch-amerikanisches Auswandererschicksal : Biographie des Dr. Ernst Schmidt, 1830-1900, Arzt und Sozialrevolutionär by Axel W.-O. Schmidt (Peter Lang, 2003), p. 180: "Er wurde am 14. November 1865 in Ebern während des eineinhalbjährigen Deutschlandaufenthaltes von Mai 1865 bis August 1866 seiner Eltern geboren... Geburt- und Taufregister, Diözesan-Archiv Würzburg Matrikel Ebern, Band 3, 66 Eintrag Nr. 32 lautet: „Richard Ernst Michael Schmidt, Geburtsfolge 4. Geburt ... Zeit der Geburt, November 14ten Mittag l 1/2 Uhr, Tauftag November 26ten..."

(He was born on 14 November 1865 in Ebern, during his [father's] one and a half-year stay in Germany from May 1865 to August 1866. ... Birth and Baptismal Register, Diocesan Archives Wuerzburg Matrikel Ebern, Volume 3, 66 Entry No. 32 reads: "Richard Ernst Michael Schmidt, birth order 4th birth ... time of birth, November 14th midday 1:30 o'clock, baptism day November 26th ...).

Death data from same book, p. 189: "Er verstarb im Alter von 93 Jahren am 17. Oktober 1959 im North Shore Hospital in Winnetka."


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 93)
  • Vocation : Building Trades : Architect/ Planner