William Ralph Emerson

Architect

1833 – 1917

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Who was William Ralph Emerson?

William Ralph Emerson was an American architect. He partnered with Carl Fehmer in Emerson and Fehmer.

Emerson was born in Alton, Illinois, a cousin of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and trained in the office of Jonathan Preston, an architect–builder in Boston, Massachusetts. He formed an architectural partnership with Preston, practiced alone for two years, then partnered with Carl Fehmer. On September 15, 1873 he married Sylvia Hathaway Watson.

He is best known for his Shingle Style houses and inns. He worked with fellow Boston designer Frederick Law Olmsted on the creation of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., designing several of the zoo's first buildings.

Emerson was a friend to the Boston painter William Morris Hunt, who painted a portrait of Emerson's son Ralph, shown at an exhibition of Hunt's work at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1880.

Emerson died in Milton, Massachusetts.

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Born
Mar 11, 1833
Alton
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • Maine
Died
Nov 23, 1917

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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