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Maher and Son
in Gary, Indiana

Any one interested in Gary Architecture should not fail to check out Christopher Meyers website on the subject. Chris was the Preservation Specialist for the City of Gary and has written his masters thesis on the subject of Gary Architecture. His site includes Maher and Son and their influence as well as a number of other architects of Gary buildings.

For a complete look at George Maher, visit Chris's Website,
Gary, America's Magical Industrial City - From Sand Dunes to Urban Decay

This page has a brief overview of Maher and what he did in Miller.

[ Short Biography ] [ Geo. W. Maher Quarterly ] [ Gary Projects ] [Maher Links on the WWW ]

Long associated with the Prairie School of Architecture, George Maher's work is recently gaining renewed recognition.

While his son Philip Maher designed the Gary City Hall, his father's work preceded him with the design of the Bathing Beach Bathhouse and the Pavilion in Marquette Park, as well as several other buildings in Gary.

Portrait of George W. Maher

George W. Maher, 1864-1926

George Washington Maher was born on Christmas day of 1864 in West Virginia and moved as a small boy to New Albany, Indiana where he attended the public elementary school. At the age of 13 he began working as an apprentice in the Chicago architectural firm of Bauer and Hill. He began his own practice in Chicago in 1888.

By the time of his death in 1926 he had designed over 270 projects, mostly houses, but many public buildings as well. He designed 6 buildings in Gary, and his son Phillip designed the City Hall, still a landmark of Gary for anyone travelling the In diana Toll Road through Gary.

Maher had a long association with Kenilworth, Illinois on the north shore of Chicago. His own home, built in Kenilworth in 1893 was one of about 40 homes he designed in Kenilworth, where he also designed the fountain entrance to the village as well as a number of other public embellishments for the village.

A list of his Gary Projects:

Pictures and more on the Bathhouse, the Park and the Pavilion are on the Parks Page
See Christopher Meyer's Website GARY, America's Magic Industrial City for much more detailed research.


For a subscription to the Quarterly or information on George Maher
contact Donald Aucutt, editor and publisher of the

The Geo. W. Maher Quarterly
413 Jackson Street
Sauk City, Wisconsin 53538
608-643-0113

And thanks to Mr. Aucutt for his help with this page on George Maher.


A short list of his projects can be found on the web at:

  • GARY, America's Magic Industrial City is the site to visit for anyone interested in Gary Architecture and Maher and Son.  The site also details two of Frank Lloyd Wright's houses which are in the city.
  • Architectural History On-Line: George Maher (http://archon.lib.umn.edu/ps35.htm - this link has evidently expired -it is still presented here for future reference. If anyone knows where it went let me know. - Nov. 12, 1998)
  • Pictures of the Maher designed Oak Park Pleasant Home are provided by the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois.
  • A description of Philip Maher's building of 1926, The Women's Athletic Club in Chicago is also online.
  • From the Open Directory Project:  Maher, George

Sources for Architectural History, in particular the Chicago area: