George Bowman Ferry

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George Bowman Ferry (1851–1918) was an architect who was a partner in the architectural firm Ferry & Clas.

George Bowman Ferry (seated with his back to camera) at work with his architects.


George Bowman Ferry was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1851. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1871-72.[1] Ferry was one of Wisconsin's first academically trained architects. He was married to Cora Phillips of Lake Mills, Wisconsin.[2]

Ferry practiced with the firm Ferry & Gardner in Springfield until 1881, when he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he worked in the firm of Henry C. Koch. Ferry established his own firm in 1883. Ferry joined practices with Milwaukee architect Alfred C. Clas to form Ferry & Clas, architects, in 1890. The firm of Ferry & Clas was responsible for the design of many structures including the Pabst Mansion, the Central Library of the Milwaukee Public Library, Lake Park Pavilion, and the Wisconsin Historical Society. Ferry & Clas dissolved in 1913, and Ferry continued limited practice.

Ferry died in 1918 at his home in Milwaukee. He is buried in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. His papers were donated to the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion by William P. Ferry, George Bowman Ferry's grandson, in 2001.[3]


  1. ^ Ferry, George Bowman (1851-1918) Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography, Referenced 1 December 2012
  2. ^ John C. Eastberg. The Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion. Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion, Inc. 2009. pg. 68.
  3. ^ Pabst Mansion Archives.