Edwin Thomas Banning
|Died||May 18, 1940 (aged 76)|
|Alma mater||Brown University|
|Spouse(s)||Isabella Thornton, |
Agnes Gertrude Cristadoro
Banning, the fourth of six children, was born in Danielson, Connecticut to Rev. Carlos and Harriet Elizabeth (Pitman) Banning. Natives of Newport, Rhode Island, they returned there when their son was very young. He attended Rogers High School and Brown University. He dropped out in his junior year, and began working as a draftsman for Gould & Angell, prominent Providence architects.
Edwin Banning married Isabella Thornton (b. 1864 in Rochdale, England; d. 1915 in San Diego, USA) on June 13, 1883 in Taunton, Massachusetts. They had one daughter, Bernice Thornton Banning (b. 1885 in Providence, Rhode Island; d. in 1954 Ventura, California). After the death of Isabella, he married Agnes Gertrude Cristadoro (b. 1879 in Kensington, England; d. 1928 in Los Angeles, USA) November 1920 in San Diego, California.
Banning established an office in Providence in the mid-1890s. He began to specialize in public buildings, including a number of schools. He relocated his office to Newport in 1900, and back to Providence in 1903. Later that year he made his brother-in-law, Henry C. Thornton, a partner in Banning & Thornton. This association continued until 1912, when Banning went west to San Diego, California. He continued to practice as an architect, and died there in 1940.
Edwin T. Banning, before 1903:
- Casino, Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI (1896)
- Hospital and Gymnasium, Sockanosset School for Boys, Howard, RI (1898) - Demolished.
- Wayland Park School, 15 Curtis St., Cranston, RI (1898) - Demolished.
- Y. M. C. A. Gymnasium, 41 Mary St., Newport, RI (1900–01) - Demolished.
- Middletown Free Library (Old), 1251 W. Main Rd., Middletown, RI (1902)
Banning & Thornton, 1903–1912:
- Cranston High School (Old), 845 Park Ave., Cranston, RI (1903–04)
- Warwick High School (Old), 319 Providence St., West Warwick, RI (1904–05) - Highly altered.
- Humboldt Avenue Fire Station, 155 Humboldt Ave., Providence, RI (1905)
- Old State House (Remodeling), 150 Benefit St., Providence, RI (1906)
- Rhode Island Building, Jamestown Exposition, Norfolk, VA (1906–07) - Demolished.
- Arlington Grammar School, 1090 Cranston St., Cranston, RI (1907) - Demolished.
- Norwood Avenue Grammar School, 205 Norwood Ave., Cranston, RI (1907) - Highly altered.
- East Providence High School (Old), 20 Whelden Ave., East Providence, RI (1908–09)
- Temple Beth-El, 688 Broad St., Providence, RI (1910–11)
- Gleason House, Rhode Island School for the Feeble-Minded, Exeter, RI (1912) - Demolished.
Edwin T. Banning, from 1912:
- "Edwin T. Banning Dies in San Diego". Newport Mercury 24 May 1940: 3.
- Handbook of the Beta Theta Pi. 1886.
- The Providence Directory and Rhode Island Business Directory. 1889.
- Architect and Engineer 1912 Nov. 1912: 112.
- Woodward, Wm. McKenzie. Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historic Resources. 1986.
- Brickbuilder Dec. 1897: 285.
- Annual Report of the State Board of Education, January, 1899. 1899.
- American Architect and Building News 1900: 175.
- "Library History". http://www.middletownpubliclibrary.org/. 2013. Web.
- Annual Report of the State Board of Education, January, 1905. 1905.
- Annual Report of the State Board of Education, January, 1906. 1906.
- Wayland Historic District NRHP Nomination. 2005.
- Jordy, William H. Buildings of Rhode Island. 2004.
- Annual Report of the State Auditor. 1907.
- School Board Journal May 1907: 28.
- Engineering Record 21 Nov. 1908: 48.
- American Contractor 16 July 1910: 51.
- Annual Report of the State Auditor 1913.
- Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer 9 Aug. 1913: 29.