Jean-Baptiste Louis Bourgeois

Jean-Baptiste Louis Bourgeois

Birth
Saint-Célestin, Centre-du-Quebec Region, Quebec, Canada
Death 20 Aug 1930 (aged 74)
Wilmette, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
Memorial ID 139272553 · View Source
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In his youth, Louis Bourgeois worked as a clerk in a church contractor's office in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. Through this experience planned the construction of the Church of Saint-Wenceslas in 1892.

Later he moved to Montreal to work as an apprentice sculptor to Napoléon Bourassa.

He married Marie-Mathilde Angélique TOURVILLE on May 17, 1879 in Saint-Louis-de-France, Montréal.

Bourassa sent Bourgeois to Paris to study sculpture, but he left his studies and traveled to other countries including Italy, Greece, Egypt, and Persia.

He returned to North America in 1896, to Chicago where he worked with innovative architect Louis Sullivan. Within several years he moved to Southern California, where he designed a landmark residence in the Mission Revival style, in central Hollywood for the popular still life painter Paul de Longpré. The 1898 house at Hollywood Boulevard and Cahuenga, with an art gallery to sell de Longpré paintings and surrounded by the expansive "Le Roi de Fleur" gardens, became a tourist destination on a P.E. Redcars line. Bourgeois also taught French to de Longpré's daughters, and married one of them, Alice.

In the winter of 1906 to 1907, while he was in New York City, Louis Bourgeois converted to the Bahá'í Faith, and then moved to Teaneck, New Jersey to expand the Bahá'í community there.

Louis Bourgeois may be best known as the architect of the Bahá'í House of Worship in Wilmette, suburban Cook County, Illinois. In 1920 his design, revised with 9 sides, was chosen for the Wilmette Bahá'í House of Worship by the delegates to the Bahá'í national convention. Construction began in 1921. The Foundation Hall was completed in 1922, and used as a meeting place.

After a month of bad health, Louis Bourgeois died at the age of 74 on August 20, 1930.

The Bahá'í House of Worship was finally completed and dedicated in 1953.

Several members of the Bourgeois family are buried here, including his daughter and a grandson, Enock Gaston Bourgeois.



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  • Created by: Candace Hill
  • Added: 26 Nov 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 139272553
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jean-Baptiste Louis Bourgeois (19 Mar 1856–20 Aug 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 139272553, citing East Lawn Memorial Park, Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA ; Maintained by Candace Hill (contributor 47629018) .