Forrest A. Coburn (1848-1897)


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Forrest A. Coburn (1848-1897)

Born Amos Coburn (like his father), he changed his first name to Forrest when he became an adult--perhaps to differentiate himself from his father. He formed an architectural firm with Frank Seymour Barnum in 1878 that soon became one of the prominent architectural firms in Cleveland. The firm designed twenty of the houses on Euclid's Millionaires' Row, including the Howe Mansion, which today is located on the campus of Cleveland State University and known as the Parker-Hannifin Building. The firm also designed notable houses still standing in Ohio City; churches on the east and west sides of the city; several downtown commercial buildings; and a number of cultural institution buildings, including the Olney Art Gallery in Tremont. Coburn headed the firm until his death--it was said to be from overwork, in 1897. He is buried at Riverside Cemetery. The above portrait sketch is from his obituary which appeared in the December 2, 1897 edition of the Cleveland Leader.


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