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VICTOR HORNBEIN (1914-1995)

Victor Hornbein, a Denver native, is responsible for some 36 houses and 80 public projects, primarily in Colorado. Born in 1914, he graduated Denver’s East High School in 1930, and Atelier Denver, the Beaux Arts Institute of Design, in 1934. His interest in architecture developed at an early age, holding his first architecture job before graduating high school. Hornbein obtained his Colorado architecture license in 1940. In the early years of his career he worked for several architects and organizations including: the Historic American Building Survey, Fisher and Fisher, Tom Moore, Mark Musick, Gordon White, Jared Morse, the Public Buildings Administration, and the Army Corps of Engineers. After three years of service with the Army, Hornbein opened his own practice in 1946 in Denver’s Tabor Center.

He practiced by himself until 1960 until he began his partnership with Denver architect Edward White, Jr. the firm operated until 1975 until the partnership dissolved. One of Hornbein’s most recognized projects, the Denver Botanic Gardens Conservatory, was designed during his partnership with Ed White. Throughout his career, Hornbein was involved in a variety of boards and committees. He was involved in the Denver Planning Board, the Colorado Council on Arts and Humanities, as well the Colorado chapter of the AIA.

Selected Works:

Denver Botanic Gardens Conservatory


The John F. Kennedy Childhood Development Center