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Walter Ellsworth Ware (August 26, 1861 in Needham, Massachusetts[1] – April 21, 1951 in Salt Lake City, Utah[2]) was an American architect who established a firm in 1891 in Salt Lake City, Utah and practiced until 1949, over a period of almost 60 years. He designed numerous buildings of diverse styles and functions that remain standing, many of which are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.



Ware received the majority of his training working at the Union Pacific railroad's Omaha drafting office between 1880 and 1888.[3] He also did some early architectural work in Denver, Colorado.


Ware arrived in Salt Lake City in 1889 and began designing mostly residential architecture but quickly became involved in large civic projects. In 1901, Ware began one of the region's first architectural firms (Ware & Treganza) with Alberto O. Treganza as partner. Together they designed many residences, civic buildings, churches and carnegie libraries throughout Utah, Nevada and Wyoming until 1926, when the partnership ended.[4] From 1938-1949, Ware joined with Lloyd W. McClenahan to form Ware & McClenahan. Together with his partners, Ware trained many draftsman and future architects. Ware was a member of the American Institute of Architects and in 1940, Ware became the first Fellow from the Utah Chapter.

Personal lifeEdit

Walter Ellsworth Ware was born to inventor Elijah Ware and Martha A. Reed in Needham, Massachusetts. Elijah Ware made important contributions to steam engine technology such as the Ware Steam Wagon.[5] Walter married Jennie Hartley on July 14, 1890 in Laramie, Wyoming. Their daughter Florence E. Ware trained at the Chicago Art Institute and was a respected artist.[6]


Works within Ware & Treganza are listed at that article. Walter E. Ware has individual credit for many buildings, including a number that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[7]


Images of selected buildings are:


Works include:

See alsoEdit

For a listing of works completed in partnership with Alberto O. Treganza see Ware & Treganza.


  1. ^ "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915". FamilySearch. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964". FamilySearch. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Questionnaire for Architects' Roster and/or Register of Architects Qualified for Federal Public Works" (PDF). Salt Lake City, Utah. 15 June 1946.
  4. ^ Goss, Peter L. (1994), "The Architectural Profession in Utah", in Powell, Allan Kent (ed.), Utah History Encyclopedia, Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press, ISBN 0874804256, OCLC 30473917
  5. ^ "The Walter E. Ware Photograph Collection, 1861-1951: A Register of the Collection at the Utah State Historical Society". Utah State Historical Society.
  6. ^ "Florence E. Ware". J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.