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Male, born 1875-06-17, died 1934-04-05

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Wilder and White, Architects

Professional History

Draftsman, McKim, Mead and White, Architects, New York, NY, 1898-1906; Principal, Walter Robb Wilder, Architect, New York, NY, 02/1906-04/1907; Partner, Wilder and White, Architects, New York, NY, 04/1907-1932.


Attended public schools in Topeka, KS and Phillips Andover Academy, Andover, MA; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1896; toured France and Italy, 1896-1898;


Walter Wilder lived much of his adult life in Bronxville, NY; in ill health, Wilder committed suicide at his house in Suffern, NY;

Wilder and White concentrated primarily on residential design, but did some notable public buildings in and around New York, NY. One of their biggest commissions was for the Washington State Capitol Building #3, Olympia, WA, 1911-1928. Norman Johnston observed of the two architects' practice: "The two men maintained a stable professional relationship, though their physically separated domestic arrangements discouraged social contact. Wilder may have been more of the designer; White filling a managerial and production role. But decisions were made in easy give-and-take discussions between them; their association was a close one over the years of their partnership. Both did contact work in search of clients; in this White may have been the more successful, as many of their larger commissions were for schools and institutions in the Plainfield [NJ] area." (See Norman J. Johnston, Washington's Audacious State Capitol and Its Builders, [Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1988], p. 26.)

Associated Locations

  • Topeka, KS (Architect's Birth)
    Topeka, KS

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  • Suffern, NY (Architect's Death)
    Suffern, NY

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