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Interior of the West Baden Springs Hotel's steel and glass dome designed by Albright
Upshur County Court House, Buckhannon, West Virginia built 1899-1901.

Harrison Albright (May 17, 1866 – January 3, 1933) was an American architect best known for his innovative design of the West Baden Springs Hotel which boasted the largest free-spanning dome in the world at the time of its construction.


Born in the Ogontz neighborhood of North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Albright was educated in the local public schools and at the Peirce College of Business and Spring Garden Institute in Philadelphia. In 1886 he began his architecture business designing residential and public projects in Philadelphia.

He moved to Charleston, West Virginia in 1891 and was architect for the State of West Virginia in addition to designing residential projects. As State architect he designed an annex to the State Capitol, a state asylum at Huntington, West Virginia, the Miners' Hospital in Fairmont, West Virginia and buildings at Shepherd University and the Preparatory Branch of West Virginia University at Keyser.

In 1901, he was hired by Indiana hotelier Lee Wiley Sinclair to design the landmark West Baden Springs Hotel which included the 200-foot diameter steel and glass dome which would be the largest free-spanning dome in the world until 1913 and the largest in America until the construction of the Assembly Hall at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1963. In 1905, he moved his architectural practice to California, working in Los Angeles and San Diego. He was an early proponent of reinforced concrete construction. John L. Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright was employed in the Albright firm.

He retired from architecture for health reasons in 1925 and died in 1933.


Albright's designs include:

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