John Desmond

John Jacob Desmond (1922 Denver, Colorado - March 27, 2008 Zachary, Louisiana) was an architect from Hammond and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[1][2]

Early lifeEdit

Desmond graduated from Jesuit High School in New Orleans, earned a bachelor's degree in Architecture from Tulane University and a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied under William Wurster and Alvar Aalto.[2] He was a Second Lieutenant in the United States Navy during World War II aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Madison and also seeing action at the Battle of Anzio.[1]


After returning from WWII but before practicing architecture in Hammond, Desmond worked for Skidmore Owings & Merrill, in New York City; A. Hays Town in Baton Rouge; and the Tennessee Valley Authority, in Knoxville. Some of the buildings he designed or renovated include the LSU Union, the Louisiana State Library, the Baton Rouge Centroplex, the Pennington Bio-Medical Research Center, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Louisiana State Archives, and St. Joseph's Cathedral.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c "John Jacob Desmond". The Times-Picayune. March 20, 2008. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Desmond, J. Michael. "John Jacob Desmond - Know Louisiana Cultural Vistas". 64 Parishes. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  3. ^ "Hammond honors work of architect John Desmond". The Advocate. April 25, 2018. Retrieved December 25, 2020.