William Lang (architect)

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William A. Lang (1846–1897) was an architect active in Denver, Colorado from 1885 to 1893.[1] On his own or in partnership he designed a number of buildings that survive and are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Lang partnered with Marshall Pugh to form Lang & Pugh in 1889. The firm also employed Reinhard Schuetze for a time.

Lang's business interests, like his father's, often faced financial stumbles and may have collapsed following the Panic of 1893. He moved to Illinois and in 1897.[2] His medical records describe him as suffering from severe depression and as manic depressive.

Lang was born in Ohio in 1846.[2] Early in his career he designed at least three buildings in Kansas including Albion School in Albion, Nebraska. He moved to Denver in 1886. Lang is known for his use of turrets, gargoyles, polychromatic stone, and a mixture of columns. He ran into financial and related legal troubles. His business collapsed and he seems to have lost his mental faculties. He was hit and killed by a train.[3]

Lang's presentation book is at the Western History Collection of the Denver Public Library.[3] He married Delia and had one daughter, Mabel.[4]


Perhaps not related:

  • Scott Covered Bridge, Off PA 21 crossing Ten Mile Creek, Gray Township, Rogersville, PA (NRHP-listed, credit to Lang,William[5])


  1. ^ "Lang & Pugh, Architects, Denver, Colorado". Retrieved March 28, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Fred T. Steffens (May 22, 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Adolph J. Zang House / "Gargoyle House"". National Park Service. and accompanying three photos from 1979
  3. ^ a b http://www.drbrantigan.com/history/LANGbio1public.pdf
  4. ^ a b c d e http://www.vintagehomesofdenver.com/artman/publish/denver-home-styles/Denver-Architects---William-Lang.html Vintage Homes of Denver
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  6. ^ Noel, Thomas (1997). Buildings of Colorado. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-509076-4.
  7. ^ Brantigan, Charles O (2007). "Biography of William A Lang" (PDF). Retrieved March 28, 2010.
  8. ^ Architects and Builders Edition of Scientific American of 1892

Further reading[edit]

by Charles O Brantigan (includes photograph)

  • William Lang biographical sketch Includes listing of his projects