December 26: Frederick Hiester Brooke (1960)

Frederick H. Brooke (on the right in the accompanying photo) was a respected Colonial revival architect. He was born on October 9, 1876, in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania to Edward and Annie (Clymer) Brooke. He graduated from Yale University and studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1906, he came to Washington, D.C., where he was in practice for forty years. He became a member of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and was part of the committee that was instrumental in the 1925 legislation that required the registration of architects in Washington. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the D.C. Allied Architects and served on the Board of Examiners of and Registrars for local architects for ten years. In 1890, after his father’s death, Brooke’s mother married Epiphany rector Randolph McKim. Brooke was the architect for Epiphany’s parish house (1911) and the McKim Memorial Tower (1922).

Brooke designed the Georgian revival buildings of Episcopal High School in Alexandria and was the local architect of the Lutyens-designed ambassador’s residence at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the designer of its Georgian revival interiors. He also designed the fourth-floor addition of the Phillips Collection, the District of Columbia World War I Memorial, the remodeling of the Sulgrave Club, and the alterations and additions for the Embassies of Iran and New Zealand and for the Chanceries of the Swedish, Dutch, and New Zealand Embassies. He designed the United States Consulate in Blue Fields, Nicaragua. Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss had been social acquaintances of Frederick H. Brooke. In 1921, they engaged him to undertake renovations and additions to the exterior and interior of their new home, which they later named Dumbarton Oaks. Brooke died on December 24, 1960.

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