RORIMER, LOUIS (12 Sept. 1872-30 Nov. 1939) was born in Cleveland, the son of Minnie (Iglauer) and Jacob Rorimer, a wealthy tobacco dealer. He was educated under sculptor Henry Matzen at Manual Training School, and at 16 went to Europe to study, attending the Kunstgewerbeschule in Munich and Academie Julien in Paris for decorative arts. Returning to Cleveland in 1893, Rorimer established a studio in the
Rorimer stated he was an artist first, a teacher second, and a businessman third, believing art was an essential ingredient in daily life. With this philosophy, he vigorously promoted and used the cleaner, more utilitarian designs of modern art, as opposed to Victorian styles. From 1918-36, Rorimer taught architectural design at Cleveland School of Art. He exhibited drawings, sculpture, and furniture at
Pina, Leslie Ann. Louis Rorimer: A Man of Style (1990).