Richard C. Watkins

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Richard Charles Watkins (August 22, 1858 – April 9, 1941), an immigrant from Bristol, England, was an American architect throughout the intermountain west in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In his early career he interned with Richard K.A. Kletting in Salt Lake City.[1] In 1890 he came to Provo, Utah as a construction supervisor, and opened his own firm in 1892. When he left nearly 20 years later he had become the most prominent architect south of Salt Lake City, Utah.[2] His works include designing over 240 schools in the intermountain west of the United States including (Peteetneet, Maeser, Winnemucca, Spring City).[3] He served as the architect for Utah State Schools between 1912 and 1920. He also designed businesses ( Knight Block Building, First National Bank of Provo), courthouses (Piute County Courthouse, Uintah County Courthouse,[4] Carbon County Courthouse[5]), eight Carnegie libraries (Provo, Cedar City, Manti, Garland, Richmond, Ephraim, Eureka,[6] Richfield[7]), churches (Provo Third Ward Chapel and Amusement Hall, Spring City Chapel, Mt. Pleasant South Ward) and homes (Knight-Allen House, Thomas N. Taylor House).[8] A number of his buildings survive and are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Personal life[edit]

Richard Charles Watkins was born to Charles and Elizabeth Watkins in Bristol, England. He immigrated with his parents to Ogden, Utah in 1872. In 1880, he married Lucy Greenwell of Ogden. They had three children prior to her untimely death in 1886.[9] Subsequently, Richard married Emma Wold in 1889 in Ogden and together they had 9 children.[3] Richard died April 9, 1941, and is buried in the Salt Lake Cemetery.[10]

Architectural works[edit]

Images of listings on National Register of Historic Places[edit]

Other existing buildings on National Register of Historic Places[edit]

Demolished buildings[edit]

  • Uintah County Courthouse (1900)
  • Franklin Elementary School (1901)
  • Brigham Young Academy: Training School (1902)
  • Brigham Young Academy: Missionary Preparatory/Arts Building (1904)
  • Price Commercial and Savings Bank (1910)
  • Cedar City Carnegie Library (1914)
  • Provo Carnegie Library (1914-1939; completely enclosed in 1939 addition)
  • Roosevelt High School (1914)
  • Midvale State Bank (1929)

Buildings where Watkins was possibly architect or contributor[edit]


  1. ^ "Watkins, Richard C., 1858–1941 :: Univ of Utah – Utah Architects Project". 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  2. ^ Daily Herald (2011-03-06). "Utah County architect the focus of Tuesday lecture". Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  3. ^ a b "National register of Historic Places : Maeser School" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  4. ^ Deseret Evening News, Dec. 15, 1900
  5. ^ Eastern Utah Advocate, Dec. 26, 1907
  6. ^ Salt Lake Herald, May 4, 1908
  7. ^ The Richfield Reaper, January 8, 1914
  8. ^ Amber Foote – Herald correspondent (2009-02-07). "Go out for a local architecture tour". Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  9. ^ Portrait, genealogical and biographical record of the State of Utah : containing biographies of many well known citizens of the past and present (1902
  10. ^ "Richard Charles WATKINS (1858–1941) – Find A Grave Memorial". Retrieved 2012-08-01.