Gilmore David Clarke


1892 – 1982


Who was Gilmore David Clarke?

Gilmore David Clarke was an American civil engineer and landscape architect who designed many parks and public spaces in New York City.

Born in New York, he went to Cornell University to study landscape architecture and civil engineering, graduating in 1913 with a B.S. degree. After World War I, during which he served as an engineer in the U.S. Army, he served on several architectural commissions, ranging from local to federal level. Amongst others, he was a member of the Architectural Advisory Board for the U.S. Capitol and of the New York State Council of Parks. He was awarded a Gold Medal of Honor by the Architectural League of New York in 1931 for his works in Westchester County.

In 1934 he became a consultant for the New York City Park Department under parks commissioner Robert Moses. His works in the city include the Central Park Zoo the expansion of Riverside Park, and many other public spaces. The following year, he teamed up with Michael Rapuano, founding the firm of Clarke & Rapuano. From 1935 to his retirement in 1950 he taught landscape architecture at Cornell University, where he was the Dean of Architecture from 1939 on.

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Jul 12, 1892
New York City
  • United States of America
  • Cornell University
  • Cornell University
Aug 8, 1982

on July 23, 2013


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