J. Walter Stevens (1856-1937)


Stevens, J. Walter

Variant Names

Stevens, Walter

Personal Information

Birth/Death:    b. 5/13/1856; d. 4/26/1937
Occupation:    American architect
Location (state):    MN

This record has not been verified for accuracy.

AIA Affiliation

Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1893-1916
Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) 1893

Biographical Sources

Biographical Directories:
Entry in Biographical Dictionary of Cincinnati Architects, 1788-1940.
Biographical Information:
Contributed by Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis
      John Walter Stevens was born in Wakefield, Massachusetts, on June 13, 1856. He came to St. Paul in 1897, at the age of 23, to begin practicing architecture. For the next 55 years, he remained in business and was responsible for the design of many of St. Paul's outstanding buildings during that time. Stevens retired from practice in 1935 and died in St. Paul on April 26, 1937.
J. Walter Stevens designed many residences in St. Paul and such commercial and institutional structures as the Germania Bank Building (now the St. Paul Building; 1888), the Wilder Public Baths (1914) and the Noyes Brothers & Cutler Wholesale Drug Warehouse (now Park Square Court; 1886). Other structures designed by Stevens include the Goodsell Observatory, Carleton College, (Northfield, MN; 1887); Pattee Hall, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis; 1889); Hughes High School (Cincinnati; n.d.); St. Cloud (Minnesota) Reformatory (1889) and several churches in Massachusetts.

Related Records

Archival Holdings

The American Institute of Architects Archives
      Membership file may contain membership-related correspondence, although there are few written records concerning 19th-century members. Contact the AIA Archives at archives@aia.org for further information.
Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis
      J. Walter Stevens collection (N 45)
      Collection includes plans for the Noyes Brothers & Cutler Warehouse and the Ambrose Tighe store and warehouse building, both located in St. Paul, Minnesota and designed by architect J. Walter Stevens.
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