Joseph W. Yost
|Joseph Warren Yost|
Yost in 1896
|Buildings||Orton Hall, First Church of Christ, Scientist, several courthouses|
Joseph Warren Yost (1847–1923) was a prominent architect from Ohio whose works included many courthouses and other public buildings. Some of his most productive years were spent as a member of the Yost and Packard partnership with Frank Packard. Later in his career he joined Albert D'Oench at the New York City based firm D'Oench & Yost. A number of his works are listed for their architecture in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).
Joseph Warren Yost was born in Clarington, Ohio in 1847, son of Joel and Nancy Yost. Yost began architectural studies in 1869 under the direction of Joseph Fairfax, an architect from Wheeling, West Virginia. After finishing his apprenticeship he started his own architecture firm in Bellaire.
Life in Columbus
Yost made a decision in 1882 to move his firm to Columbus with the hope of more lucrative contracts. The move was a success as his firm became more in demand. The architect built his house in 1884 in Columbus and became an official full-time resident. Yost organized the Association of Ohio Architects in 1885, an association still operating today.
In 1892, Yost entered into partnership with another prominent Columbus architect, Frank Packard to form the firm of Yost & Packard. His nephew, Joel Edward McCarty, was also an architect and worked for the firm. It was around this time he was awarded and completed what may be his most famous work from this time, and possibly his career, Orton Hall at Ohio State University in 1893. His partner Packard was awarded the Hayes Hall on the same campus. During this partnership, a promotional portfolio placed the total count of buildings designed around 230, including several courthouses, other public buildings, and institutional structures in both Ohio and West Virginia.
Life in New York City
Yost decided to move to New York City in 1900, hoping for larger projects. He partnered with Albert D'Oench to form the firm of D'Oench & Yost in 1901. The firm designed the Guardian Life Insurance Building, the Grace building, and the Morris Hunts' Tribune Building. Yost took up his own private practice after D'Oench died in 1918 and continied working until his retirement in 1921.
Two buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) are credited to the firm:
- Carnegie Library, Adams and Columbus Ave., Sandusky, Ohio (D'Oench, Albert), NRHP-listed
- Germania Life Insurance Company Building, 50 Union Sq. E., New York, NY (D'Oench and Yost), NRHP-listed
Yost died in Avalon, Pennsylvania at the age of 76.
Yost's work and works attributed to his firms include:
- Belmont County Children's Home (1880), as supervising architect
- Guernsey County Courthouse (1881), Cambridge, Ohio (credited to: Yost & Packard), NRHP-listed
- Belmont County Courthouse (1885–1888), St. Clairsville, Ohio, NRHP-listed (as contributing within St. Clairsville Historic District)
- Holmes County Courthouse (1884-1886), Millersburg, Ohio,
- Miami County Courthouse (1885), Troy, Ohio,
- Broad Street United Methodist Church (1885), 501 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH (Joseph W. Yost), NRHP-listed
- Perry County Courthouse and jail (1888) at Main Street and Brown Street, New Lexington, Ohio(J.W. Yost), NRHP-listed
- Old Licking County Jail (1889), in Newark, Ohio
- Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall (1892), 401 Railroad St., Ironton, OH (credited to Yost, Joseph; McLain, W.J.), NRHP-listed
- St. John's Cathedral (1892), Knoxville, Tennessee
- Orton Hall (1893) at The Oval on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio (credited to Yost & Packard), NRHP-listed
- Harrison County Courthouse (1893–1895), Cadiz, Ohio
- Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad Station (1895), Columbus, Ohio
- Wood County Courthouse and jail (1896) at 200 E. Court St. Bowling Green, OH (Yost & Packard), NRHP-listed
- Westerville High School-Vine Street School (1896), 44 N. Vine St. Westerville, OH (Yost & Packard), NRHP-listed
- Wyandot County Courthouse (circa 1897), at Courthouse Square, Upper Sandusky, Ohio (Yost & Packard), NRHP-listed
- First Church of Christ, Scientist (1898), 2704 Monroe St., Toledo, Ohio (Yost & Packard), NRHP-listed
- Odd Fellows' Home for Orphans, Indigent and Aged (1898), 404 E. McCreight Ave., Springfield, OH (Yost & Packard), NRHP-listed
- Marion County Court House (1900), at Adams Street and Jefferson Street in Fairmont, West Virginia (credited to Yost & Packard)
- Loewenstein and Sons Hardware Building (1900), 223-225 Capitol Street, Charleston, West Virginia (credited to: Yost & Packard), NRHP-listed
- Franklin College Building No. 5 (1900), Main St., New Athens, Ohio, for Franklin College (Yost & Packard), NRHP-listed, as well as several structures in Olde Towne East
- Edwards Gymnasium/Pfieffer Natatorium (1905-06), Ohio Wesleyan University Main Campus, S., Sandusky St. Delaware, Ohio (J.W. Yost), NRHP-listed
- Fort Piqua Hotel (1891), renovated into the Fort Piqua Plaza, in Piqua, Ohio
- Noble County Jail and Sheriff's Office, 419 West St., Caldwell, OH (Yost, J.W.), NRHP-listed
- University Hall-Gray's Chapel, OWU Main Campus, Sandusky St., Delaware, OH (Yost,J.W.), NRHP-listed
- One or more works in Old North End Historic District, roughly bounded by I-670, Pearl St., E. 2nd Ave., and N. 4th St., Columbus, OH (Yost & Packard), NRHP-listed
- One or more works in Wheeling Avenue Historic District, roughly bounded by Steubenville, Tenth, Wheeling, and Fourth Avenues. Cambridge, OH (Yost,J.W.), NRHP-listed
- National Park Service (2013-11-02). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- A. T. McKelvey (1903). Centennial History of Belmont County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens. Biographical Publishing Company. pp. 236–.