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Cowgill, Clinton Harriman, 1890-1975



  • Existence: 1890 - 1975

Biographical Note

In 1916, Clinton H. Cowgill (1890-1975) graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Architecture and later received a master's degree from the same institution. In conjunction with an independent practice, Cowgill was in charge of teaching architectural design at Iowa State College for eight years until 1928. Changing universities, Cowgill founded the architectural engineering department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (now Virginia Tech) in 1928 - establishing, at the time, the only architecture program in Virginia. Serving as head of the department for 28 years, Cowgill later became the namesake of the architecture building dedicated in 1960. During his time at Tech, Cowgill designed two houses in Blacksburg which are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Besides teaching, Cowgill published Architecture Practice and Building for Investment and was highly involved in professional organizations. Cowgill's professional involvement is apparent in his 1950 tenure as the President of the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) and his designation as a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA). Cowgill acted as the editor for the AIA until his retirement in 1961. Clinton H. Cowgill spent his retirement years in La Jolla, California, with his wife, Mabel, until his death in 1975.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Clinton H. Cowgill Collection

Identifier: Ms-1978-009

The Clinton H. Cowgill Collection contains selected personal and professional correspondence, writing, incomplete architectural drawings, and career documentation of the founder of Virginia Polytechnic Institute's architecture program, Clinton H. Cowgill (1890-1975).

Dates: 1916 - 1977

Development Plans for VPI

 Collection — Object 1
Identifier: Map-0348

Map shows plans for VPI campus developments.

Dates: October 1934

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Blacksburg (Va.) 2
Local/Regional History and Appalachian South 2
Maps (documents) 2
Montgomery County (Va.) 2
Virginia -- Maps 2