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Interior designer

Walter Ings Farmer, American interior designer. Recipient S.M. Entertainment Hexter award, 1963, Factory's Top Plants of Year award, 1967, Designer's Choice award F. Schumacher and Company, 1972; Distinguished Alumni award Alliance High School, 1989.


Farmer, Walter Ings was born on July 7, 1911 in Alliance, Ohio, United States. Son of Fred Elihu and Alice Matilda (Putland) Farmer.


Bachelor, Bachelor of Architecture, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1935. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Miami University, Ohio, 1973.


Designer Bachelor of Arts Closson, Junior Company, Cincinnati, 1935-1942. Style coordinator Foley's, Houston, 1946-1949. Designer, owner Greenwich House Interiors, Cincinnati, 1949-1997.

Lecturer Cincinnati Art Museum, 1936-1970, Columbus (Ohio) Art Museum, 1949-1960. Instructor University Cincinnati, 1950-1967. Designer, trustee Martin D'Arcy Art Gallery Loyola University, Chicago.


  • Other Work

    • Author: In America Since 1607, 1987. Author numerous papers.


Member Commission for Protection and Salvage Artistic and History Monuments in War Areas United States State Department, 1945-1946. Founder, 1st president board Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, 1945-1949. Founder Walter I. Farmer Museum, Miami University, 1978.

Chairperson O'Byronville Business Association, 1971-1973. Member special committee for Park Board City of Cincinnati Served to captain, United States Army, 1942-1945, European Theatre of Operations, retired colonel research. Member American Institute of Architects (affiliate), American Society Interior Design (state board governors, president), Institute Practicing Designers, Society Architectural Historian, Society Colonial Wars, Cincinnati Art Museum (life), Taft Museum (life), Military Order World Wars, Print and Drawing Circle (president), Literary Club (trustee, vice president, president), Delta Phi Delta, Phi Mu Alpha.


  • Other Interests

    Collecting art, gardening, music, genealogy.


Married Renate M. Wichelmann, June 15, 1947 (divorced 1966). 1 child, Margaret C.

Fred Elihu Farmer

Alice Matilda (Putland) Farmer

Renate M. Wichelmann

Margaret C. Farmer