C. Wellington Walker

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Charles Wellington Walker
Born 1889
Strang, Nebraska
Died 1967
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Nationality United States
Occupation Architect
Buildings Warren Harding High School, U. S. Post Office, University of Bridgeport buildings, Bridgeport Hospital

C. Wellington Walker (1889–1967) was an American architect practicing in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Walker was born in the small city of Strang, Nebraska in 1889. In 1894 his father, Charles W. Walker (a typewriter designer), moved the family to Bridgeport. Walker's architectural training began in 1908, when he worked for Bridgeport architect Ernest G. Southey. That same year he began studying at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1910. He then worked for Leoni W. Robinson in New Haven.[1]

Later in 1910, Walker and Walter J. Skinner formed the firm of Skinner & Walker in Bridgeport.[2] It lasted until 1919, when both then established independent offices. Walker remained in private practice until his death in 1967.[3] His firm lasted for a few more years as C. Wellington Walker Associates, led by Flavian F. Arsenault.[4]

After 1950, the bulk of Walker's known commissions were for buildings at the University of Bridgeport.

Architectural Works[edit]

Hearthstone Hall, Fairfield University, 1919.
Harding High School, Bridgeport, 1924.
Y. M. C. A. Building, Bridgeport, 1927.
U. S. Post Office, Bridgeport, 1934.
Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, 1959 and 1968.
  • Alfred C. Fones/Roy E. Tuthill Office Building, 10 Washington Ave., Bridgeport, CT (1912) - The dental office of both men. Demolished.[5][6]
  • F. Winthrop Pyle House, 170 Washington Ter., Bridgeport, CT (1913)[7]
  • Harry L. Sterrett House, 32 Lookout Dr. S., Fairfield, CT (1913)[8]
  • Tracy B. Warren House, 2354 North Ave., Bridgeport, CT (1913) - Demolished.[9]
  • American Chain Co., 955 Connecticut Ave., Bridgeport, CT (1914)[10]
  • Charles D. Davis Apartments, 1519 Main St., Bridgeport, CT (1917) - Demolished.[11]
  • Hearthstone Hall, N. Benson Rd., Fairfield, CT (1919–20) - The residence of Walter B. Lashar. Built under Skinner alone. Now Fairfield University's Bellarmine Hall.[12]
  • American Legion Annex, 307 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport, CT (1919–20) - A large addition to an 1850s Italianate house.[13]
  • Warren Harding High School, 1734 Central Ave., Bridgeport, CT (1924–25)[14]
  • Masonic Temple, 3960 Main St., Stratford, CT (1927)[15]
  • Y. M. C. A. Building, 651 State St., Bridgeport, CT (1927)[16]
  • The Chimneys, 124 Old Battery Rd., Bridgeport, CT (1929) - Built for Dudley M. Morris. Bridgeport's largest private residence.[17]
  • U. S. Post Office, 120 Middle St., Bridgeport, CT (1934)
  • Stratford Town Hall, 2725 Main St., Stratford, CT (1935)[18]
  • Stratford Fire Station, 2712 Main St., Stratford, CT (1940)[19]
  • Y. W. C. A. Building, 263 Golden Hill St., Bridgeport, CT (1941)[20]
  • Stratford High School Gymnasium, 45 N. Parade St., Stratford, CT (1947)[21]
  • City Trust Co. Branch, 1071 E. Main St., Bridgeport, CT (1949)[22]
  • Engineering-Technology Building, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT (1950)[23]
  • Carlson Library, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT (1954–55)[24]
  • Harvey Hubbell Gymnasium, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT (1956)[25]
  • Chaffee Hall, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT (1957)[26]
  • Cooper Hall, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT (1957)[27]
  • Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St., Bridgeport, CT (1959) - The plainer rear International Style wings.[28]
  • John J. Cox Student Center, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT (1960–61)[29]
  • Marina Hall, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT (1961)[30]
  • Barnum Hall, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT (1962)[31]
  • Eleanor Naylor Dana Hall, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT (1962)[32]
  • Seeley Hall, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT (1962)[33]
  • Warner Hall, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT (1962)[34]
  • Bruell & Rennell Halls, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT (1965) - Later sold to the City.[35]
  • Alfred V. Bodine Hall, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT (1967)[36]

Works by C. Wellington Walker Associates:

  • Front wings, Bridgeport Hospital, 267 Grant St., Bridgeport, CT (1968)[37]
  • Isaac E. Schine Hall, University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT (1969–70)[38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Architects Directory. New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962.
  2. ^ Brickbuilder June 1910: 153.
  3. ^ National Cyclopædia of American Biography. 1971.
  4. ^ Bridgeport (CT) Post 7 Dec. 1967.
  5. ^ Brickbuilder Sept. 1913.
  6. ^ History of Bridgeport and Vicinity. New York: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1917.
  7. ^ American Architect 26 March. 1913: 8.
  8. ^ American Architect 22 Jan. 1913: 8.
  9. ^ American Architect 8 Jan. 1913: 12.
  10. ^ American Machinist 7 May 1914: 76.
  11. ^ American Contractor 21 June 1917: 39.
  12. ^ American Contractor 6 Dec. 1919: 55.
  13. ^ Engineering News-record 25 Sept. 1919: 254.
  14. ^ Architectural Forum 1924: 94.
  15. ^ Domestic Engineering and the Journal of Mechanical Contracting 1927: 118.
  16. ^ Domestic Engineering and the Journal of Mechanical Contracting 1927: 95.
  17. ^ Prevost, Lisa. "When Location Is the Enemy". New York Times 9 March 2008.
  18. ^ Bridgemen's Magazine 1935: 473.
  19. ^ Zurier, Rebecca. The American Firehouse: An Architectural and Social History. New York: Abbeville Press, 1982.
  20. ^ Bridgemen's Magazine 1941: 150.
  21. ^ Engineering News-record 1947: 148.
  22. ^ "15,000 Crowd East Main St. Bank Opening". Bridgeport (CT) Sunday Herald 3 April 1949: 22.
  23. ^ American Architects Directory. New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962.
  24. ^ American Architects Directory. New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1955.
  25. ^ American Architects Directory. New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962.
  26. ^ American Architects Directory. New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962.
  27. ^ American Architects Directory. New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962.
  28. ^ American Architects Directory. New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962.
  29. ^ "UB Plans Huge Student Center". Bridgeport (CT) Sunday Herald 28 Aug. 1960.
  30. ^ American Architects Directory. New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962.
  31. ^ American Architects Directory. New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962.
  32. ^ "UB Honors Eleanor Naylor Dana With Dedication of Building Today". Bridgeport Post 3 Feb. 1963.
  33. ^ American Architects Directory. New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1962.
  34. ^ Bridgeport (CT) Post 14 July 1962.
  35. ^ Bridgeport (CT) Post 25 April 1965.
  36. ^ Bridgeport (CT) Telegram 6 May 1968: 2.
  37. ^ Engineering News-record 1968: 63.
  38. ^ Meriden (CT) Morning Record. 11 Dec. 1968.