George Caleb Wright

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George Caleb Wright
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Born (1889-04-25)April 25, 1889
Libertyville, Illinois
Died February 27, 1973(1973-02-27) (aged 83)
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Illinois (1912)
Occupation Architect
Practice Pierre & Wright
Vonnegut, Wright & Yeager
Wright, Porteous & Lowe
Buildings Indiana State Library and Historical Building

George Caleb Wright, AIA, (April 25, 1889 – February 27, 1973) was an American architect from Indiana. He was a partner in the Indianapolis, Indiana architectural firms of Pierre & Wright, Vonnegut, Wright & Yeager (formed 1946),[1] and Wright, Porteous & Lowe, and was later chief building inspector for the City of Indianapolis.

Early life and education[edit]

Wright was born April 25, 1889 in Libertyville, Illinois, where he attended his education until the high school level. He then attended the University of Illinois from 1908–1912, earning a degree in architecture and engineering.

Early career[edit]

He worked for the International Harvester Company from 1912–1915, George C. Nimmons & Co. from 1915–1923, Herbert Foltz from 1923–1925 until he formed Pierre & Wright. In addition, he was a construction supervisor during World War I for the army.[citation needed] He relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana from Chicago in 1923.[2]

Pierre & Wright (1925–1944)[edit]

Pierre & Wright, formed 1925, was responsible for many landmarks in Indianapolis and greater Indiana, and a number have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Pierre & Wright Architectural Records Collection is located at Ball State University Libraries' Drawings + Documents Archive, Muncie, Ind.

Vonnegut, Wright & Yeager[edit]

In 1946, Wright formed a new firm with Kurt Vonnegut, Sr., called Vonnegut & Wright. After Yeager joined the firm it became Vonnegut, Wright and Yeager, then Wright, Porteous & Lowe, and then Wright, Porteous & Lowe/Bonar.

Wright, Porteous & Lowe[edit]

Following Kurt Vonnegut Sr.'s death in 1957, he left Vonnegut, Wright & Yeager and was senior partner in the firm Wright, Porteous & Lowe. His son, William Caleb Wright, was also a partner in that firm. From 1963 to 1969, he was chief building inspector for the City of Indianapolis.

Professional organizations[edit]

He was a registered architect in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and president of the Indiana Society of Architects and the Indiana Chapter of the AIA. In addition, he was a member of the board of the Indianapolis Construction League, Vice-Chairman of the Policy Committee, Indiana Construction Industry, member of the Mayor's Special Committee on Housing, etc.

Works by Pierre & Wright Architects[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Questionnaire for Architects' Roster and/or Register of Architects Qualified for Federal Public Works "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 24, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2010.  June 13, 1946.
  2. ^ David J. Bodenhamer; Robert G. Barrows (22 November 1994). The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indiana University Press. p. 1115. ISBN 0-253-11249-4.