William Ralph Emerson
1833 – 1917
Who was William Ralph Emerson?
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 died in Milton, Massachusetts.
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