Biography of Richard A. Waite


Waite, Richard Alfred, Buffalo, son of Charles Henry and Harriet Humphreys (Holland) Waite, was born in London, England, May 14, 1848, and came with his parents to America in 1857. The family first settled in New York city, but later removed to Buffalo, where the father became a member of the firm of Clapp, Matthews & Waite, the originators of illuminated printing and consecutively numbered and coupon railroad tickets. Mr. Waite attended public school No. 16, Buffalo, and received his mechanical training in New York city under John Ericsson, the inventor of the Monitor, with whom he remained a little more than three years. At Mr. Ericsson's suggestion be took up architecture, which he studied under John Kellum of New York, who was then one of the leading architects in the United States. In 1874 Mr. Waite returned to Buffalo as the designer and superintendent of the German Insurance building, and since then he has successfully followed the general practice of his profession in this city. Among the many noted buildings in Buffalo which Mr. Waite has designed may be mentioned the Commercial Advertiser building, Dr. R. V. Pierce's old Palace Hotel, the new Music Hall, the Grosvenor Library building and the building of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union. He also designed the Parliament and Department buildings of the Province of Ontario, Canada; the Canada Life Insurance Company's buildings in Hamilton, Toronto and Montreal, Canada; the Canadian Bank of Commerce, the Mail-Empire buildings, the Western Insurance Company building and the Jones block in Toronto; the Standard Life Insurance Company's building in Edinburgh, Scotland; the Bank of Hamilton in Hamilton, Ontario. and numerous other buildings and dwellings in Buffalo, Canada and elsewhere. He is credited with being the first American architect to be employed by the Canadian government. Mr. Waite was married September 22, 1856, to Sarah E., daughter of Isaac Holloway of Buffalo, and they have five children: Richard Alfred, 5r., Raymond Isaac, Helen Holland, Evadne Holloway and Mary Sarah.

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