Daniel Burnham Biography
(Architect, Urban Designer)
Birthday: September 4, 1846 (Virgo)
Born In: Henderson
Daniel Hudson Burnham was a famous American architect who designed and planned many important buildings and cities in the United States. He was born in New York City into a religious family and was raised in Chicago. After finishing his school he faced a tough time getting admission into a university because of which, he became an apprentice at an architectural firm of William Le Baron Jenny, who was considered as the ‘father of skyscrapers’ at that time. With time, Burnham changed his architect firm and met with his future partner John Wellborn Root there. Both Root and Burnham started their own architect firm and were considered to be aces of their game. Burnham was a creative visionary and Root was more grounded and practical in his approach. But after the premature death of Root, Burnham formed a company called D.H. Burnham & Company and started the biggest project of his career called the ‘World’s Columbian Exposition’ in Chicago. He created a ‘White City’ there, which is still considered to be a work of genius. His work was recognized by Harvard and Yale universities and he received honorary degrees from them.