Duane Lyman

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Duane Lyman
Born (1886-09-09)September 9, 1886
Lockport, New York
Died April 30, 1966(1966-04-30) (aged 79)
Buffalo, New York
Nationality American
Alma mater Yale University (1908)
Occupation Architect
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Stimson
Children 3
Practice Lansing Bley & Lyman (1912-1919), Bley & Lyman (1919-ca. 1939), Lyman & Associates (ca. 1939-1966)
Buildings Saturn Club, Country Club of Buffalo, Johnston House, M&T Bank Center

Duane Lyman (1886-1966) was a Buffalo, New York based architect known for his prolific career which included 100 school buildings, many churches, and numerous large homes both in the city and suburban communities. At the time of his death, Lyman was referred to as the "dean of Western New York Architecture."[1]

Early life[edit]

Lyman was born in Lockport, New York, the son of Richard B. and Molly Hayes Lyman. He attended Lafayette High School in Buffalo and in 1908, graduated from Yale University's Sheffield Scientific School, where he studied architecture and mechanical engineering.[2]


After graduating in 1908, he traveled abroad to Europe, staying until 1913 and the eve of World War I. He returned to the United States, settling in Buffalo and started an architecture practice. He was chief in three firms: Lansing Bley & Lyman (1912-1919), Bley & Lyman (1919-ca. 1939), and Lyman & Associates (ca. 1939-1966). Lyman volunteered for military service during World War I, serving in the nation's capital, and left with the rank of major.[1]

Some of Lyman's papers survive in the collection of the Buffalo History Museum.[3]

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Personal life[edit]

In 1911, he married Elizabeth Stimson, with whom he had three daughters. Lyman hunted and fished on his near 100 acre farm near South Wales, in Western New York and Canada, fished in Florida and New Brunswick, Canada, and at his hunting and fishing lodge near Bic in Quebec (since 1955), where he was a member of the Anglo-American Fish & Game Club of Bic.[1] He was also a member of the Saturn Club in Buffalo and a life member and director of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. Lyman died on April 30, 1966 at his home on 78 Oakland Place in Buffalo, which he designed and built in 1948. He was interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Buffalo as an Architectural Museum". Duane Lyman. The History of Buffalo, New York. 2009-03-17. 
  2. ^ "Duane Lyman and Associates, Architects, Records, 1923-1975 (bulk 1952-1963)". lib.buffalo.edu. Buffalo History Museum. Research Library. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  3. ^ " "Duane Lyman and Associates, Architects, Records, 1923-1975". Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  4. ^ a b c d e National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  5. ^ "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)" (Searchable database). New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2016-02-01. [permanent dead link] Note: This includes Derek King and Jennifer Walkowski (April 2015). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: American Radiator Company Factory Complex" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-02-01.  and Accompanying photographs
  6. ^ "Duane Lyman". findagrave.com. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 

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