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Willis Gaylord Hale
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Birth: 1808
Seneca Falls
Seneca County
New York, USA
Death: Aug. 29, 1907
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Renowned Philadelphia architect. He briefly worked for Samuel Sloan and John MacArthur, Jr. before setting out with his own practice. His wife was a member of the prestigious William Weightman family, which guaranteed Hale several lucrative design contracts. His work, emphasized in the High Gothic style, was highly praised at first but soon fell out of favor. After a fire destroyed his office in 1891, he retreated from public life. Hale died in Philadelphia on August 29, 1907 completely penniless and out of favor in the architectural community. His achievements in the field were wholly disregarded and he was seen as a fleeting oddity, who no one would much miss. Unfortunately, public interest has never quite swayed back toward Willis Hale. There is little published information about his life and work and most of his buildings that were not reabsorbed for more modern uses have been torn down. Although his talents are not quite great enough to place him in the class of revolutionary, Willis Gaylord Hale is an innovative architect whose unusual standard of work places him in a category beyond time and strict classification. 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles H. Hale (____ - 1885)
 
 Spouse:
  Augusta M Cannon Hale (1841 - 1909)*
 
 Children:
  Atherton Cannon Hale (1877 - 1878)*
  Augusta C Hale (1878 - 1891)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Buried 1 September 1907
 
Burial:
Fernwood Cemetery
Fernwood
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Michael Gaines
Record added: Mar 12, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86668767
Willis Gaylord Hale
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Willis Gaylord Hale
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Willis Gaylord Hale
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One of the most unappreciated and misunderstood Philadelphia architects of the nineteenth century. Hale is best known for the Keystone National Bank, and Lorraine Apartments (Divine Lorraine Hotel). He was reportedly destitute at the time of his death fro...(Read more)
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 Added: May. 13, 2014
 
 
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