Walter Scholer

Walter A Scholer Sr

  • American

WALTER SCHOLER is an Indiana architect whose work again and again has been commended for its excellence and there are buildings in many cities of the state that exemplify his particular skill as an architect of school and hospital construction.

Mr Scholer, whose home is at Lafayette, was born in Jay County, Indiana, May 8, 1890, son of Henry and Ann (Zutrich) Scholer. His father was a native of Berne, Switzerland, and came to Indiana in 1861, spending his active life as a farmer.

Walter Scholer completed his academic education in Columbia University of New York City, and from 1910 until 1920 was associated with the various architectural offices in Indianapolis. While there he laid the groundwork of his practical and technical training and experience.

In 1920 he moved to Lafayette and was a member of the firm Nicol, Scholer & Hoffman until 1925, since which year he has practiced under his individual name.

Several buildings on the campus of Purdue University and the development of the campus plan exemplify his skill in handling the problems of educational architecture. He has designed twelve of the recent buildings, including the Chemistry and Pharmacy buildings, and the Franklin Levering Cary Memorial Hall. He was architect for the Albert A. Wells Memorial Library, for the Jefferson Vocational and Education Buildings, the Morton School of West Lafayette, the William Ross Sanitarium, the National Fowler Bank of Lafayette, the Tippecanoe Loan & Trust Company Bank, the Arnett Crocker Clinic and the Home Hospital. Another class of his work is exemplified in the Lawrence County courthouse at Bedford, and the Federal Building at Lafayette. He was architect for the Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond and Henry County Hospital at Newcastle.

Mr. Scholer is former president of the Indiana Society of Architects and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He is affiliate ed with the Kiwanis Club, with Tippecanoe Lodge No. 492, A. F. and A. M., the Royal Arch Chapter and Knights Templar Commandery, the Scottish Rite bodies and Murat Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Indianapolis.

He married Alice C. Caster, of Jay County. They have three children, Walter, Jr., Emerson C. and Charles Edward.

INDIANA ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT Vol. 3 By Charles Roll, A.M., The Lewis Publishing Company, 1931

Notable Position Organization From To
Principal Nicol, Scholer and Hoffman 1920 1925


Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Architect Independent Turnverein Indianapolis
1928/00/00 The Varsity apartments are built Architect The Varsity West Lafayette
1933/00/00 Wieboldt-Rostone House is built in Chicago for the Homes of Tomorrow Exhibition Architect Beverly Shores - Century of Progress Architectural District Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore A Century of Progress International Exposition
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