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William La Barthe Steele

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William La Barthe Steele, American architect.

Background

Steele, William La Barthe was born on May 2, 1875 in Springfield, Illinois, United States. Son of Robert Clingan and Mary Eleanor (La Barthe) Steele.

Education

Graduated from the high school, Springfield, 1892. Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Illinois, 1896.

Career

Draftsman in architectural offices of Louis H. Sullivan, Chicago, 1897-1900, Thos. Rodd, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1900-1901, Alden & Harlow, Pittsburgh, 1901-1902, Sidney F. Heckert, Pittsana Green, April 30, 1901. Children—Mariana, Melissa, William La Barthe, Harriet Gertrude (deceased), Jane Raymond, Sarah Green, Philip Joseph.

Draftsman in architectural offices of Louis H. Sullivan, Chicago, 1897-1900, Thos. Rodd, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1900-1901, Alden & Harlow, Pittsburgh, 1901-1902, Sidney F. Heckert, Pittsburgh, 1902-1904, W. W. Beach, Sioux City, Iowa, 1904-1905. Member firm Beach & Steele, 1905-1907.

Practiced alone, Sioux City, Iowa, 1907-1926. Member firm Steele & Hilgers, 1926, 28. Member firm Kimball, Steele & Sandham, Omaha, 1928-1946.

Member firm Steele, Sandham & Steele, since 1946. Principal works: Woodbury County Court House, Sioux City, Iowa. With William Gray Purcell and George G. Elmslie Associated: First Congressional Church, Davidson Office Building, Saint Vincent’s Hospital (all of Sioux City, Iowa).

Sacred Heart Hospital, Le Mars, Iowa. Kappa Sigma fraternity house, Iowa City. With Kimball, Steele & Sandham, Omaha: Federal Office Building (G. B. Prinz, associate), St. Cecilia’s Cathedral, Jefferson Public School, all Omaha.

First Church of Christ Scientist (Administration Building), Minneapolis. 14 exchange buildings for N. W. Bell Telephone Сompany in Nebraska and South Dakot. Roosevelt Memorial, Missoula, Montana, architect-engineer with Kimball, Steele & Sandham and Chas.

W. Steinbough, United States Housing Project, Alliance, Nebraska. 3 buildings for Nebraska State Board of Control, Hastings and Lincoln. Fire station, Omaha. Past member Mayor’s Committee of Housing, past treasurer Omaha Community Playhouse.

District officer for Nebraska-Kansas Historic American Buildings Survey. State architectural adviser Home Owners Loan Corporation. Chief architect Fontenelle Homes Housing Project.

Former member Library Board, Planning Commission, Sioux City, Iowa. Member Nebraska State Board Examiners Professional Engineers and Architects.

Works

  • Contributor to Journal American Institute Architects, House Beautiful, Architect, Ecclesiastical Review.

Membership

Member firm Beach & Steele, 1905-1907. Member firm Steele & Hilgers, 1926, 28. Member firm Kimball, Steele & Sandham, Omaha, 1928-1946.

Member firm Steele, Sandham & Steele, since 1946. Principal works: Woodbury County Court House, Sioux City, Iowa. Member Nebraska State Board Examiners Professional Engineers and Architects.

Fellow American Institute Architects (ex-vice president). Member Omaha Chamber Commerce, Fontenelle Forest Board, Sigma Chi. Knights of Columbus.

Connections

Married Mariana Green, April. Children: Mariana, Melissa (Sister M. Philip, O.P.), William La Barthe, Harriet Gertrude (deceased), Jane Raymond (Mistress.

father:
Robert Clingan Steele

mother:
Mary Eleanor (La Barthe) Steele

spouse:
Mariana Green

children:
Mariana Steele

Melissa (Sister M. Philip Steele

O.P.) Steele

William La Barthe Steele

Harriet Gertrude Steele (deceased)

Jane Raymond (Mrs Steele