Mr. Jacobsen’s scope was worldwide, however he was in all probability greatest recognized for his prolific tasks within the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, the place he lived and had his workplace. Starting within the early 1960s, he labored on greater than 120 homes — a mix of recent development, renovations (together with the partially indifferent townhouse the place he lived, which he had initially designed for another person) and additions that emphasised house and lightweight.
In Washington, he was additionally recognized for engaged on two Smithsonian museums: He did the preservation design of the Arts and Industries Building and the inside restoration of the Renwick Gallery. He additionally designed the west terrace addition of the Capitol and the Moscow residence of the United States ambassador to Russia.
Mr. Jacobsen was an unabashed fan of Washington, the place he first lived as an adolescent throughout World War II when his father, John, was an official of the War Shipping Administration.
“This city has wonderful colonnaded spaces that no one ever gets to see,” he told The New York Times in 1984. “The elegance of the Postmaster General’s office is cheering, just plain cheering. Washington is filled with this kind of stuff. When you look at a city, it’s like reading the hopes, aspirations and pride of everyone who built it.”
Mr. Jacobsen was born on March 11, 1929, in Grand Rapids, Mich. His father was a meat importer; his mom, Lucy (Newell) Jacobsen, was a homemaker.
“I always could draw, rather well, and painting I really loved to do,” Mr. Jacobsen advised his son John in an interview in 2010 for “The Artist Toolbox,” a public tv sequence.
After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1951 with a bachelor’s diploma in tremendous arts, he hoped to develop into a painter. But his father steered him towards structure, reasoning that it mixed artwork and enterprise. Mr. Jacobsen agreed and earned a certificates from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London in 1954 and a grasp’s diploma from Yale University, the place he studied beneath the influential Louis Kahn, a 12 months later.