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Warren Powers Laird

architect , educator.

Warren Powers Laird, American architect, educator. Award of Merit Gen.


Laird, Warren Powers was born on August 8, 1861 in Winona, Minnesota, United States. Son of Matthew James and Lydia (Powers) Laird.


Education public and state normal schools, Winona, Minnesota, and at Cornell Univercity. Instructor at Cornell University, 1886, and at University of Pennsylvania, 1891. 6 years practice and study with architects, in Minnesota, Boston, and New York, and 1 year travel and study in Europe (1882-1890).

Doctor of Science, University of Pennsylvania, 1911, Doctor of Laws, 1932.


Doctor Charles and Mary (Hall) Tuller, November 15, 1893. Children—Mary Hall (Mistress John Dashiell Myers), Helen Powers (deceased). Professor architecture, 1891-1932, and dean School of Fine Arts, from founding, 1920-1932, emeritus professor architecture since 1932, University of Pennsylvania Lecturer Princeton University, 1932-1933.

Consulting architect of state, municipal and other public private bodies in many states and Canada Award of Merit General Alumni Society University of Pennsylvania, Founders Day, 1936.


Member nat. advisory council Lingnan University, Canton, China. Member Pennsylvania State Art Commission, 1928-1936, 1938-1941. Member Council of Cathedral of Washington, 1931-1941.

Member Philadelphia Zoning Commission, 1929. Fellow American Institute of Architects. Member American Civic Association Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi (president Pennsylvania Chapter, 1916-1917), Tau Sigma Delta.

Member Society Architects of Uruguay, Central Society Architects of Argentina, Association of Architects of Chile, National Society of Architects (Cuba). Member permanent committee International Congress of Architects, 1925-1935. Member of the board overseers P.E. Division School Philadelphia from organization to 1942.

Member Church Building Commission Diocese of Pennsylvania, Committee on Church Architecture of General Council Lutheran Church of N.A., 1913-1941. Member vestry Memorial Church of St. Paul, Overbrook, 1898-1933 (rector’s warden 1914-1925). Former; member Order of Founders, Patriots of America, S.R.

Member Art Alliance, Architectural Alumni Society of University of Pennsylvania. Clubs: University (honorary), T-Square, Lenape.


Married Clara Elizabeth, d. Children: Mary Hall (Mistress.

Matthew James Laird

Lydia (Powers) Laird

Clara Elizabeth

Mary Hall (Mrs Laird