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[Waiting Room in a Grand Terminal Station]
[T Square Club Competition]
Waiting Room in a Grand Terminal Station, First Mention, T-Square Club Competition
(Oscar Wenderoth, c. 1896)
AIA/T-Square Yearbook, p. 70 (1896)

Born: 10/10/1871, Died: 4/11/1938

Oscar Wenderoth, son of portrait painter Frederick A. Wenderoth, was born in Philadelphia and attended the Franklin Institute Drawing School classes in freehand drawing in 1888/89. He had a long apprenticeship in the offices of the leading architects of late nineteenth century in Philadelphia, including Theophilus Parsons Chandler, Cope & Stewardson, William L. Price, Frank Miles Day, Lindley Johnson, and Kennedy, Hays & Kelsey. By 1897 he was working as a draftsman in the Office of the Supervising Architect of the U. S. Treasury, working on the new mint building in Philadelphia. By August, 1904 had become head draftsman for the Superintendant of the U. S. Capitol. In 1909 he resigned to work for the New York firm of Carrere & Hastings, but returned to Washington, D. C. in 1912 when he succeeded James Knox Taylor as Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury.

According to Antoinette Lee, Wenderoth resigned from the U.S. Treasury in 1915 and joined the Weary & Alford company of Chicago. Although he had spent many years as a government architect, a parting letter includes his sentiment that "I cannot believe that anything would tempt me to re-enter the public service." (Letter from Wenderoth to W. B. Kilpatrick, 12 September 1915, General Correspondence, U. S. Treasury Department, National Archives, quoted in Lee's Architects to the Nation.)

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • Cosmos Club (DC)
  • T-Square Club

School Affiliations

  • Franklin Institute Drawing School


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