Harold Everett Jessen (1908-1979)


Jessen, Harold Everett

Variant names

Jessen, Bubi

Personal Information

Birth/Death:    AIA notified of decease 03/13/1981
Occupation:    American architect
Location:    Austin, TX

This record has not been verified for accuracy.

AIA Affiliation

Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1941-decease

Biographical Sources

American Architects Directories:
Biographical listing in 1956 American Architects Directory
Repeat of 1956 biographical listing in 1962 American Architects Directory
Biographical listing in 1970 American Architects Directory
Biographical information:
Contributed by the Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas:
Harold Everett "Bubi" Jessen was born and raised in Austin. Jessen attended University of Texas and graduated with a B.S. in Architecture in 1928. In the same year he was awarded the School Medal of the American Institute of Architects. The following year he served as an assistant in the University's Architectural Department, leaving there to further his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving a Master's degree in architecture in 1931.
For the next five years Jessen worked as a draftsman for park restoration for the Works Progress Administration and draftsman-designer for C. H. Page. In 1936 he was awarded first prize in a statewide competition sponsored by Portland Cement Association for a concrete house to be built at the Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas. Bubi Jessen was an original partner in the Austin architectural firm Jessen and Jessen when it was organized in 1938, with his brother Wolf Jessen. After World War II, Wolf Jessen returned from military service and resumed the practice of architecture with Bubi . They formed a partnership with Charles Millhouse and Alton Greeven in 1946 and became Jessen Jessen Millhouse and Greeven. In 1969 the firm became Jessen Jessen Millhouse Greeven Crume Day and Newman, and Jessen, Inc. in 1971.
Bubi Jessen was a charter member of the Texas Society of Architects, affiliated with the American Institute of Architects, and president of the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (1956). He was also an accomplished watercolorist, illustrator, and publisher. Jessen published his first book Humbert the Lion in 1959 and illustrated The Purple Tree, a group of poems, by Katharine Parr Hamilton, published in 1953.
He married Janet Arment in 1947 and had three children.

Related Records

Wolf Ernst Jessen

Jessen and Jessen (firm)

Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse & Greeven (firm)

Jessen, Jessen, Millhouse, Greeven, Day & Newman (firm)

Archival Holdings

The American Institute of Architects Archives
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Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas
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