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Male, US, born 11/11/1891, died 10/13/1946

Associated with the firms network

Hunt, Myron, Architect; Swasey and Hayne, Architects; Swasey and McAfee, Architects; Swasey, McNeal, Architect

Professional History

Draftsman/Architect, Hedden Construction Company New York, NY, and William Albert Swasey, Architect, New York, NY, prior to 1917; served in World War I, 2nd Lieutenant/1st Lieutenant/Captain, Adjutant 307 Infantry G.E.F., c. 1917-1919; in 08/1917, he had just received his commission in the Officers' Reserve Corps; Project Manager, Myron Hunt, Architect, Pasadena, CA, 1919-1922; he was a Construction Supervisor for Hunt on the Ambassador Hotel and Huntington Library, among other jobs. Principal, McNeal Swasey, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1922- ; Partner, Swasey and Hayne, Architects, Bakersfield, CA, c. 1930. Swasey had an office at #405 Hibernian Building in the mid-1930s.

Member, American Institute of Architects; Member, Society of Military Engineers; Member, Sons of the Revolution


Graduate, Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ, 1908; Yale University, Sheffield Scientific School and School of Fine Arts, New Haven, CT, 1909-1912;


Swasey, born in Saint Louis, MO, settled in Southern CA in 1919. In the 1930s, he lived at 338 Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, CA.

Father: architect, William Albert Swasey, FAIA, (born 1862 in Melbourne, Australia; he died in 1940); mother: Irene McNeal Swasey, b. 1867, Bolivar, TN; she had a residence of 117 West 58th Street, New York, NY, in 1917, and was divorced from her husband at the time, as she alone was mentioned in her son's New York Times engagement announcement of 08/26/1917 (p. 19). In 1948, she lived in Hermosa Beach, CA. William A. Swasey was a significant architect in Saint Louis, MO, who practiced with Charles K. Ramsey (1845-1913) between 1885-1887. In 1887, W.A. Swasey opened his own office, obtaining commissions primarily in Saint Louis, but also other cities, including Memphis, TN, New Orleans, LA, and New York, NY during the 1890s-1900s. He became involved with the Shubert Brothers and their immense theatre chain, designing for them between 1903-1913. Needless to say, he developed a specialty in theatre design. He lived in New York after 1905 and moved to FL at the end of his life. Swasey married twice and had at least one son with his second wife, Albert Swasey, who became an engineer.

Swasey was engaged to debutante Eva Ingersoll Brown in 08/1917. This marriage ended in divorce. He married Kathryn Gardner, (b. 05/1902, Detroit, MI), in 08/1923;

Child: Patricia Swasey, (born 09/1924 in CA).

Swasey's religion was noted as Episcopalian c. 1925; no political affiliation indicated in c. 1925; Member, California Club; Member, California Yacht Club, Member, Rancho Golf Club, Member, Sons of the Revolution; Member, Society of Colonial Wars;

Associated Locations

  • Saint Louis, MO (Architect's Birth)
    Saint Louis, MO

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PCAD id: 1924