Howard van Doren ShawHoward van Doren Shaw
(May 7, 1869–May 6, 1926)

Shaw’s privileged upbringing included the Harvard School (Chicago preparatory school), earning early acceptance Yale, architectural training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and extensive travel to Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and England, where he sketched measured drawings of significant architecture. He returned to Chicago, working in the office of William Le Baron Jenney (inventor of the steel frame skyscraper).

photo and text by Joe Collier