Walker and Weeks

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Walker and Weeks was an architecture firm based in Cleveland, Ohio founded by Frank Ray Walker (1877-1949) and Harry E. Weeks (1871-1935).

Background[edit]

Both men studied at MIT, where they received training in the Beaux-Arts tradition of classical design. They moved to Cleveland to work for the prominent Cleveland architect J. Milton Dyer (1870-1957).[1]

In 1911 Walker and Weeks opened their own practice; the office continued to produce work even after Weeks's death, until the early 1950s. As was often the case with architecture firms, Walker was the designer while Weeks was primarily the businessman.

Works[edit]

The firm is most noted for its bank buildings;[1] several dozen were designed in the teens alone. Their best-known bank was the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, built in 1923. However, they also designed a wide variety of commercial, public, ecclesiastic and residential buildings, as well as a number of bridges, during the course of the firm's life. Walker and Weeks were responsible for the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza in Indianapolis, which features a cenotaph based on the Mausoleum of Maussollos.

Walker and Weeks frequently employed sculptor Henry Hering to create sculpture for their projects.

Like many architects the firm produced work in a variety of styles, from Neoclassical, Italian Renaissance and finally, the 1930s, ending in Moderne and/or Art Deco.

Notable buildings[edit]

The buildings designed by the firm include:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Walker and Weeks". The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Case Western Reserve University. 1998-03-27. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  2. ^ "Cleveland Architects Database". Cleveland Landmarks Commission. Retrieved 2010-05-17.