Walter Clarke Root was born in Atlanta, Ga., December
8, 1859 but his parents removed to New York city when he was six years
old. He went to the New York public schools, and finished his
education in the College of the City of New York. He then went
to Chicago and entered the office of Burnham & Root, architects,
where he remained for six years, working and studying. In 1886
he came to Kansas City, started the practice of his profession alone,
and is now ranked as one of the great architects of the country.
In 1896 the present firm of Root &
Siemens was formed.
In addition to many fine residences,
warehouses, and business buildings, Mr. Root designed Science Hall at
Central College, Fayette, Mo., the Scarritt Bible and Training School,
the W. J. Smith warehouse, and the Thayer building. The firm of
Root & Siemens is responsible for the Museum at Kansas University,
the Cupples Dormitory, Central College, the Fowler shops, the Postal
Telegraph building, the W. J. Smith plant, the Riverside power-house,
and many other large structures.
Mr. Root married Miss Lora Bullene in 1891,
and they have three children, two boys and a girl.
He belongs to the Country Club, the
Commercial Club, the American Institute of Architects and is a Mason.