Woodie Garber, 1913-1994
Garber was one of the first in Cincinnati to work in the International Style, and developed the reputation of being a staunch and uncompromising modernist, and a maverick who believed in efficiency in everything. According to his obituary “He was as famous for rejected innovative designs as for buildings he completed.” He turned down a commission to design Cornell University Library because he believed his design would not be executed to his specifications. His father, Frederick W. Garber (1877-1950) was also an architect and principal of Garber & Woodward. The elder Garber was a traditionalist whose work included nationally recognized Cincinnati structures such as the Dixie Terminal Building and Walnut Hills High School. It is said that Woodie and his father argued heatedly about architectural style.