Artist Biography

Elmer GREY
1872 - 1963

Elmer Grey (1872-1963) was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 29, 1872. He was educated in Milwaukee public schools and then served a three-year apprenticeship to architects Ferry & Clas there. By 1904 he had settled in Pasadena as an architect and partner of Myron Hunt. With Hunt, he designed Pasadena's Polytechnic Elementary School and the Huntington Art Gallery in San Marino. The partnership was dissolved in 1910 and Grey then was architect of several of the First Churches of Christ Scientist, Pasadena Playhouse, Beverly Hills Hotel, the Lincoln Shrine in Redlands (1931), and many fine residences. When not pursuing architectural commissions, he painted oils and watercolors in his leisure. An Impressionist, from his brush came coastals, landscapes, and scenes of the area around his home. Grey died in Pasadena on November 14, 1963.

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