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Verus Taggart Ritter

Verus Taggart Ritter, American architect. awarded gold medal by American Institute Architects for Packard Building, Phila. Mason (32°,Kiloton).


  • Ritter, Verus Taggart was born on June 27, 1883 in Muncy, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of William L. and Amelia (Spangler) Ritter.

  • Education

    • Education high school private school, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Architectural training in brother’s office.


    • Began practice at Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 1908, at Philadelphia, since 1917. Senior partner firm Ritter & Shay since 1920. Principal works (alone): City Hall, First National Bank Building, High school and 3 junior high schools—all in Huntington, West Virginia.

      Virginian Hotel, Lynchburg, Virginia. Arena for Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. Office Building for Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.

      Vocational High School, Chester, Pennsylvania. Firm architects for Hotel Bethlehem, Lehigh Valley National Bank Building, and Liberty High School, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. American Hotel, Allentown, Pennsylvania.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Presbyterian


    Mason (32°,Kiloton).


    • Married Edith E. Keller, January 30, 1912 (died May 24, 1935). Children: Verus Taggart, Eleanor Foster.
    • father: William L. Ritter
    • mother: Amelia (Spangler) Ritter
    • spouse: Edith E. Keller
    • children: Verus Taggart Ritter
    • Eleanor Foster Ritter
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    Died October 6, 1942
    (aged 59)