Louis A. Simon

Louis Adolphe Simon (1867–1958) was an American architect. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland.[1]

Louis Adolphe Simon
Acting Supervising Architect of the United States
In office
Preceded byJames A. Wetmore
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Born1867 (1867)
Baltimore, Maryland
Died1958 (1959) (aged 91)
United States Post Office in Lancaster, NY
This former US post office at the northwest corner of James and N. Main Streets in Mullins, South Carolina, was built in 1938 under Simon's direction. As of 2015, it is used by the neighboring Baptist church.

Simon was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following a tour of Europe, he opened an architectural office in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1894.[2]

Simon served as Supervising Architect in the Office of the Supervising Architect, U.S. Department of the Treasury from 1933 until 1939, when the office was moved to the Public Works Administration / Works Progress Administration. He had been associated with the office from 1896. Edward A. Crane, Superintendent of Architects in the office between 1905 and 1933, originally recruited Simon to the office.[citation needed]

From 1915 to 1933, during the tenure of Acting Supervising Architect James A. Wetmore, a lawyer and a political appointee, Simon was responsible for the direction of much of the design work. Most of Simon's buildings, notably post office buildings, were designed in the Colonial Revival style. Occasionally, buildings were designed in a restrained or more stylized classically derived style.[3]

Simon was unwavering in his defense of what he considered a "conservative-progressive" approach to design in which he saw "art, beauty, symmetry, harmony and rhythm".[4]

Simon was a Member and Fellow of the Association of Federal Architects, and he was an AIA Member Emeritus in the Washington-Metro Chapter. He also was affiliated with the National Institute of Arts & Letters, All Souls Church, the Cosmos Club, and the American Planning and Civic Association.

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