William T. Bray (1868-1959)


Bray, William T.

Personal Information

Occupation:    American architect
Location (state):    MN; CA

AIA Affiliation

Not a member of the AIA.

Biographical Sources

Biographical Information:
Contributed by Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis
William Bray was born in New York State in 1868 and had an early apprenticeship there in architecture. He moved to Duluth in 1891 to work as a draftsman and was employed in the office of Traphagen & Fitzpatrick from 1892 to 1898. In 1902, he was a partner of Carl Wirth, and then joined I. Vernon Hill in partnership from 1902 to 1904. From 1904-1905 he practiced alone and in 1905 he partnered with Carl Nystrom; the partnership lasted until about 1915. He returned to private practice and subsequently entered into a partnership with Claude H. Smith in 1923 which lasted until 1925. When Bray retired he moved to California. He died in Beverly Hills in 1959.

Related Records

Partner of Carl E. Nystrom
Partner of Claude Herbert Smith

Archival Holdings

Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis                
       Bray and Nystrom papers (N 94)
       Collection includes plans for hotels, schools and civic buildings designed by the architectural firm of Bray and Nystrom.
       For more information https://www.lib.umn.edu/naa