WALSH, THOMAS WARYNG
- Born: 1827 Died: 1890
Architect, of St Louis, Missouri. Thomas Waryng Walsh was born in Kilkenny in 1827 or some two years earlier(1) and was apprenticed at the age of seventeen to WILLIAM DEANE BUTLER in Dublin. He emigrated to Canada in 1846.(2) After superintending the building of a custom house and post office at St John's, Newfoundland, he moved on to Boston, New York, and finally St Louis, apparently because it was reported that good jobs were to be found there after the fire of 1849. He developed a successful career in St Louis, where he designed a number of important buildings including the old Custom House, the Lindell Hotel, the O'Fallon Polytechnic Institute, and the new campus for St Louis University. He died in St Louis in 1890.
All information in this entry is from the brief obituary of Walsh in IB 32, 15 May 1890, 125, and the article by Carolyn Hewes Toft in the series 'St Louis Architects: Famous and Not So Famous' for the Landmarks Association of St Louis, www.stlouis.missouri.org/501c/landmarks/architects 15.html.
(1) According to the IB obituary, he was 65 when he died in 1890; this date of birth would allow him to have completed his pupillage before he emigrated.
(2) According to the IB obituary, he emigrated in 1852.