Wiley Gulick Clarkson, Sr

Wiley Gulick Clarkson, Sr

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Death 5 May 1952 (aged 66)
Burial Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
Plot Section: Devotion Lot: 190 Space: 4
Memorial ID 118157680 · View Source
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Biography of Wiley Gulick Clarkson by Wiley G. Clarkson III:
Born in Corsicana, Texas, his father, William Clarkson, was born in Charleston, S. C. 1858, and came to Texas when a young man, settling in Corsicana and shortly thereafter engaged in the foundry and machinery business Oil City Iron Works. His mother was born in Brenham, Texas in 1868, and was reared in Corsicana, Texas, to which place her father moved when she was a young girl. He was educated in the Public Schools of Corsicana, graduating there in 1903. He attended the University of Texas for two years, and then spent two years in Chicago in Armour Institute of Technology and the Chicago Art Institute studying architecture. Returning to Texas, he practised Architecture in Corsicana for two years, and then came to Ft. Worth in 1912, continuing the practice of architecture. He designed a large number of the finest homes built in Ft. Worth during his career, the bulk of his work being in Ryan Place and Rivercrest. His work also included schools, churches, hospitals, and commercial buildings, along with several county courthouse projects across the northern half of Texas and from Longview to Lubbock and as far south as Beaumont. During the 1930's Great Depression, he was appointed the supervising architect for the FHA and designed many projects for the WPA. The FHA job led to forming a couple of coalitions of architects of which he headed up. One coalition designed the first two public housing projects in Fort Worth. During World War II, he formed and headed up another coalition with the architectural firms of Joseph R. Pelich, Preston M. Geren, Sr., and Joe Rady on projects for the United States Housing Authority and the United States Army Corps of Engineers, including Liberator Village, Fort Worth; McCloskey Army Hospital in Temple which eventually became the Veterans Administration; and Harmon Army Hospital, Longview. He also designed air fields for the Army Air Corps during the war. By his own accounting seven years before his death, he had done more than 1400 projects in his career. Some of his Fort Worth projects include Harris, JPS, and All Saints hospitals, the First United Methodist Church, the Sinclair Building, the Federal Court House, North Side High School, the downtown YMCA and Fort Worth Masonic Temple.
He was a member of the Masonic Orders; Julian Field Blue Lodge, Julian Field Chapter, Council, Commandry, Moslah Temple, the Fort Worth Club, and River Crest Country Club. He was a charter member of the Texas Society of Architects and was president in 1942–43. He was also a founding member of the Fort Worth chapter of the American Institute of Architects and served as its president in 1948. He was a member of the 1st Methodist Church in Fort Worth, and was the architect of their present building that has become a downtown landmark with historic markers. He was a Rotarian, serving as a director in 1940, and he was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Full bio for Wiley Clarkson at:
http://www.clarksons.org/


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  • Created by: Jeff Gragg
  • Added: 4 Oct 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 118157680
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wiley Gulick Clarkson, Sr (28 Nov 1885–5 May 1952), Find A Grave Memorial no. 118157680, citing Greenwood Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Jeff Gragg (contributor 47154306) .