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Frederick C. Gunn

Frederick C. Gunn was born in Atchison, Kansas in 1965.  His parents came of old New England stock, and his father, Maj. O. B. Gunn, was active in the early railroad development of the West.  The family removed to this city when Mr. Gunn was fourteen years of age, and his interrupted studies in the public schools of Atchison Mr. Gunn then took up in the public schools here.  After finishing at the high school, he went to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy, N. Y., and graduated in 1873.  He worked in New York for over two years, and then returned to Kansas City, and took up his practice of architecture.  He organized the firm of Gunn & Curtiss.  The partnership existed for ten years, after which time Mr. Gunn practiced alone.  He has designed several of the finer buildings in this city and a countless number of public buildings throughout the West, notably the court houses at Lawrence, Emporia, and Salina, Kas.

     Mr. Gunn is a Democrat, and represented that party in the council from the Third Ward from 1892 to 1894.  During his term of office he was chairman of the Finance and Park Committees.

     Under President Cleveland's administration he was appointed local architect for the new Post Office, a position he held for six years, being relieved during the McKinley administration.

     Mr. Gunn is a member of the Masonic order, the University Club, and the Kansas City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

     He was married in 1892 to Miss Winifred Burt, of Michigan.
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