John deKoven Hill

Architect, Deceased Person

1920 – 1996


Who was John deKoven Hill?

John deKoven Hill was an American architect, honorary chairman of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and editorial director of House Beautiful magazine.

Hill decided to become an architect early on in his life, but not until he visited Taliesin did he become passionate about the design style of Frank Lloyd Wright. Hill skipped his high school graduation ceremony to enroll in the Taliesin Fellowship program on June 17, 1938. Because Hill was so young even among the apprentices, Wright often introduced him not by his name but by "This is Johnny. His father left him on my doorstep in a basket." With only a high school education, Hill started very green as an apprentice but went on to become Wright's chief architect and right hand man. Hill had a keen sense of balance and an eye for design, and took responsibility for the designs and furnishings of all the interiors of the buildings Wright designed.

Hill and Wright designed a number of buildings together where Hill acted as chief architect. Notably, Hill was the chief architect and designer for the echt-Wrightian J. Ralph and Patricia Corbett House on 2501 Grandin Road in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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on July 23, 2013


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