Wilson Eyre Jr

  • American

Wilson Eyre (1858-1944) studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then apprenticed as a draftsman in the office of James P Sims in Philadelphia. Eyre succeeded Sims in the practice in the early 1880s and began a long career focused in large part on the design of country homes for the wealthy families of Philadelphia and New York City. Eyre had traveled widely in England and in Italy and found there his inspiration in rambling rural houses in which, in his words, "the garden formed as much a part of the house as the roof." In emphasizing aesthetics, craftsmanship, and integration of the house with its setting, Eyre was an influence on other architects of the period. He was active in exhibiting his designs (usually with water-colored charcoal sketches) and published some sixty articles in his lifetime in professional journals. He was a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Pennsylvania in 1926. In addition to his architectural activity, he was an avid painter and musician. - US NRHP, 30 June 2000

Notable Position Organization From To
Partner Wilson Eyre and McIlvaine 1911 1939


Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Architect The Anglecot Philadelphia, PA
Architect Wilson Eyre House Philadelphia, PA
Architect Dr Joseph Leidy House Philadelphia, PA
Architect Clarence B Moore House Philadelphia, PA
Architect Neill-Mauran House Philadelphia, PA
Architect Sally Watson House Philadelphia, PA
Architect Compton and Bloomfield Philadelphia, PA
Architect Charles Lang Freer House Detroit
Architect Taylor, Dr Henry Genet, House and Office Camden, NJ
Architect Donald Grant Herring Estate Rocky Hill
Architect King, George W, Mansion-Etowah Marion
Architect Hartford Colony Waterford
Architect Bay Head Historic District Bay Head Borough
Architect Detroit Club Detroit
1870/00/00 Designed by Wilson Eyre, Stotesbury Mansion is built for Thomas McKean as a wedding present for his son, Henry McKean. Architect Stotesbury Mansion Philadelphia, PA
1885/00/00 Newton Friends' Meetinghouse is remodeled under the direction of Wilson Eyre in a Queen Anne Revival style. Architect Newton Friends' Meetinghouse Camden, NJ
1904/00/00 Architect Mask and Wig Club of the University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
1908/00/00 Eyre publishes "The Planning of Country Houses" in American Architect and Building News, an explanation of the elements that made for an ideal county house. Eyre was able to fulfill each of these practical considerations in his design for Mrs Curtis. Author Rye House Litchfield, CT
1910/00/00 Rye House is built by Warren E Green for Isabella Douglass Curtis. The house was a replacement for her estate, Locust Wood (lost) at Milton Point, near Rye. Mrs Curtis had reportedly become disenchanted with Westchester County and sought a quieter milieu. Architect Rye House Litchfield, CT
1911/00/00 Wilson Eyre features Rye House in exhibitions at Washington's Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington Architectural Club) and the T-Square Club of Philadelphia, both in 1911. Architect The Corcoran Washington, DC
1912/00/00 Designed by Wilson Eyre, Allgates Mansion House is built of New Jersey sandstone for the Lloyds. Interiors feature oak paneling and hand carved fireplaces with hearths of Mercer Tile. Architect Allgates Haverford, PA
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