Chicago Landmarks
American School of Correspondence Jane Addams Hull-House Northwestern University Settlement House

Pond & Pond

A civil engineering graduate of the University of Michigan, Irving Kane Pond (1857- 1939) gained his first architectural experience in the Chicago offices of William Le Baron Jenney and Solon S. Beman. At the latter's firm, he worked on the initial design of the new company town of Pullman, gaining invaluable experience with brick detailing and craftsmanship.

In 1885, he formed an architectural partnership with his brother Allen B. Pond (1858 - 1929). Many of the firm's buildings were related to social services, an outlook perhaps inspired by their father's role as warden of the State Prison at Jackson, Michigan. They designed several social settlement houses (Jane Addams' Hull-House and Northwestern), as well as numerous educational buildings, both in Chicago (American School for Home Correspondence and the John Marshall Law School) and out of state (student unions at Purdue University and the University of Michigan).

The firm's innovative architecture is notable for its exceptionally well-detailed craftsmanship, as well as its influence on turn-of-the-century architectural modernism. Pond & Pond's buildings also rank among the city's best examples of Arts & Crafts-style architecture.

1. American School of Correspondence
2. Jane Addams Hull-House
3. Northwestern University Settlement House
Solon S. Beman
William W. Boyington
Daniel Burnham
Walter Burley Griffin
Holabird & Roche/Root
William Le Baron Jenney
George W. Maher
Pond & Pond
Schmidt, Garden & Martin
Frederick Schock
Louis H Sullivan
Mies van der Rohe
Frank Lloyd Wright