Ward Wellington Ward

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Ward Wellington Ward
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Exterior detail of the Chapman House in Syracuse, completed in 1913
Born (1875-07-26)July 26, 1875
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died August 6, 1932(1932-08-06) (aged 57)
Willard, New York
Nationality American
Occupation Architect
Practice Ward Wellington Ward
Design Lemoyne Manor, his studio and home

Ward Wellington Ward (1875–1932) was an American architect who worked mostly in Syracuse, New York. He designed more than 250 buildings, of which more than 120 were built and survive.[1] He was influenced by, and contributed to, the Arts and Crafts movement in architecture. Ward's work is in varying styles, but the houses most typically include crafts-like details such as decorative cutouts in shutters. His designs almost always include garages, gateways, and other small structures like gazebos.

Syracuse architect[edit]

Ward was born in Chicago. His decision to live and work in Syracuse was influenced by the presence of Gustav Stickley in Syracuse, who promoted the "Craftsman"-style of architecture, furniture, and other decorative arts in his magazine, The Craftsman. Gustav Stickley's own home in Syracuse is regarded as being the first Arts and Crafts home. Ward's wife's family was also in the Syracuse area.

Ward worked with Horatio Nelson White in Syracuse for a short time.

Ward's homes in Syracuse are concentrated in upscale new neighborhood developments: Strathmore, Scottholm, Berkeley Park, and Sedgwick Farms.

He designed other buildings in Syracuse, too, and outside Syracuse he designed buildings including Mohegan Manor in Baldwinsville, New York, originally built for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and now used as a restaurant.[2]

Master craftsmen[edit]

His work was part of an international movement, which used quality materials and "considered workmanship both an art and a craft." Ward discovered two master craftsmen early in his career; Henry Keck, who designed stained glass windows, and Henry Mercer, who made Moravian handcrafted tiles in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Ward used the tiles to decorate the face of wood-burning fireplaces.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Ward Wellington Ward - Architect - Moyerdale - Syracuse Post-Standard, December 16, 1911

He was married to Maude Moyer[4] who was the daughter of local carriage and automobile manufacturer, Harvey A. Moyer and Rosamond Wilcox. She was raised in Liverpool, New York.[5] The two met while she was a student at the Boston Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and he was attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[4]

Ward remodeled a farmhouse for his father-in-law, Harvey A. Moyer on Old Liverpool Road called Moyerdale and designed a factory complex for the Moyer company on Wolf Street that is still in existence. In 1916, Ward designed and built his own home across the road from Moyerdale, on a 5-acre (20,000 m2) lot overlooking Onondaga Lake and named it LeMoyne Manor.[4]

The couple had one daughter, Peggy Ward Forgan who relocated after marriage to Peter Paul Forgan to Enumclaw, Washington.[6]

He died in 1932 and Maude Moyer Ward later sold LeMoyne Manor and moved to a house on her parent's Moyerdale property. She died in 1961. The Ward home was converted to a restaurant and motel, but still resembles the original structure.[4]


A headstone was placed on Ward's unmarked grave in Woodlawn Cemetery on Grant Boulevard in a public ceremony on October 20, 2002 by members of the Arts and Crafts Society of Central New York. He was buried in the Moyer family plot at the time of his death in 1932 in a lot unmarked by a stone.[7]

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

Twenty-six homes and two other buildings designed by Ward and located within the city of Syracuse were listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 14, 1997 as a result of the Architecture of Ward Wellington Ward in Syracuse MPS, a Multiple Property Submission to the National Register. Listed properties are:[1]

  1. Ashton House, 301 Salt Springs Rd.
  2. Blanchard House, 329 Westcott Ave.
  3. Chapman House, 518 Danforth St.
  4. Clark House, 105 Strathmore Drive, Strathmore
  5. Collins House, 2201 E. Genesee St.
  6. Dunfee House, 206 Summit Ave.
  7. Estabrook House, 819 Comstock Ave.
  8. Fairchild House, 111 Clairmont Ave, Strathmore
  9. Fuller House, 215 Salt Springs Rd.
  10. Gang House, 707 Danforth Street; built in 1914 and currently used as a bed and breakfast[8]
  11. Garrett House, 110 Highland St.
  12. Hoeffer House, 2669 E. Genesee St.
  13. Hunziker House, 265 Robineau Road, Strathmore
  14. Kelly House, 2205 E. Genesee St.
  15. Poehlman House, 2654 E. Genesee St.
  16. Porter House, 106 Strathmore Drive, Strathmore
  17. Sanderson House at 112 Scottholm Terrace
  18. Sanderson House at 301 Scottholm Boulevard
  19. Sanford House, 211 Summit Ave, Strathmore
  20. Alton Simmons House, 309 Van Rensellaer St.
  21. Spencer House, 114 Dorset Rd.
  22. Stowell House, 225 Robineau Road, Strathmore
  23. Ward House, 100 Circle Rd.
  24. Welsh House, 827 Lancaster Ave.
  25. White House, 176 Robineau Road, Strathmore
  26. Ziegler House, 1035 Oak St.

Two other multi-unit buildings were also listed:

  1. Beta Theta Pi fraternity house
  2. Sherbrook Apartments, 600-604 Walnut Ave.


  1. ^ a b Richard Carlson (September 11, 1996). "National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation: Architecture of Ward Wellington Ward in Syracuse, New York, 1908-1932" (PDF). National Park Service 
  2. ^ About Mohegan Manor, Mohegan Manor website, accessed January 23, 2010
  3. ^ Fenster, Julie (July 15, 1978). "Ward's Interior Design: Salvaging a Legacy". The Post-Standard (Syracuse, New York). 
  4. ^ a b c d Case, Dick. "Plan drafted to mark famed architect's grave". Syracuse Post-Standard, March 24, 2002. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  5. ^ "When Penfield Closed, Tradition was Put to Bed". Adirondack Boys, January 1, 2006. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  6. ^ "Legal Notices". The Post-Standard (Syracuse, New York). December 9, 1974. 
  7. ^ "Architect's Grave to be Marked". The Post-Standard (Syracuse, New York). October 15, 2002. 
  8. ^ History, Bed & Breakfast Wellington website, accessed January 23, 2010

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