Walker, Ralph, 1889-1973

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Ralph Thomas Walker (1889-1973) was an American architect. He attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and studied with Rhode Island architect Howard K. Hilton. In 1916 he went to work for the New York firm of McKenzie, Voorhees and Gmelin, where he remained for the rest of his career. In 1955 he led a group of architects sent to Berlin to participate in planning for the International Building Exhibition (IBA) to be held in 1957; as part of this effort, he and his team proposed building a Congress Hall, to "promote international understanding through the advancement of culture, education and science." The Benjamin Franklin Foundation, a joint German-American organization with Walker as its chairman, was created to oversee the planning and construction of the Berlin Congress Hall, completed in 1957. The Foundation went on to spend another 13 years in reconstruction projects in and around Berlin.

Most of Walker's buildings are in New York City, including the AT&T building on Broadway, the iconic One Wall Street (originally the Irving Trust Building), and the Barclay-Vesey Building (later known as the Verizon Building, severely damaged during the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks).

From the guide to the Ralph T. Walker Papers, 1916-1970, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Henry Watkin], [1875-1877]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter : Cincinnati, to Ellen Freeman, [1876]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877] May 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to Alice Wellington Rollins, [ca. 1888] Sept. 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : New York, to Elizabeth Bisland, [1887 July]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to [Henry Watkin], [1875-1877]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to Henry Watkin, undated. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Tokyo, to Emil Gullman, 1900 Nov. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Ralph T. Walker Papers, 1916-1970 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to Lafcadio Hearn, [1875-1877]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to an unidentified recipient, [year not specified] May 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Matsue or Izumo, Japan, to Alice Wellington Rollins, 1890 Dec. 5. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Stoddard, Richard Henry, 1825-1903. Manuscript letter : Mattapoisett, to Lafcadio Hearn, 1885 Feb. 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Little, Brown and Company. Autograph letter signed : Boston, to Lafcadio Hearn, 1901 Jan. 17. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1876-1877]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Cincinnati, to Ellen Freeman, [1876]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Henry S. Churchill papers, 1929-1962 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph fragment of a letter signed with initials : place not specified, to an unidentified recipient, undated [1873-1890]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to Lafcadio Hearn, [1875-1877] June 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter : Cincinnati, to Ellen Freeman, [1876]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph description signed of the sacred name of Japan : Kumamoto, Japan, 1892 Feb. 3. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Watkin, Henry, 1824-1910. Draft of a letter : [Cincinnati, to Ellen Freeman], undated [1876-1877]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to Lafcadio Hearn, [1875-1877] May 27. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Churchill, Henry S. (Henry Stern). Henry S. Churchill papers, 1929-1962. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to Henry Watkin, [1875-1877] Oct. 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Tokyo, to Little, Brown, and Company, 1900 Dec. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877] May 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : place not specified, to Alice Wellington Rollins, [ca. 1878]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf American Institute of Architects. Letters, 1925-1979, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Shannon, Palmer. Palmer Shannon cameragraphs of architectural renderings, circa 1921-1929. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter : Cincinnati, to Ellen Freeman, [1876]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : New Orleans, to Howard Malcolm Ticknor, 1884 June 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Ralph Thomas Walker : vertical file. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877] Oct. 21. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, to Alice Wellington Rollins, [1889]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877] Apr. 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877] May 21. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Henry Watkin], [1875-1877] Nov. 2. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati, to Ellen Freeman], undated [ca. 1876]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Cincinnati, to Ellen Freeman, [1876]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed IONIKOE : Cincinnati, to Ellen Freeman, [1876]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to Lafcadio Hearn, [1875-1877] June 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to Henry Watkin, [1875-1877] Oct. 21. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to an unidentified recipient, [1875-1877] Sept. 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Haskell, Douglas Putnam, 1899-1979. Douglas Putnam Haskell papers, Series II: Personal correspondence, 1922-1979 (bulk 1940-1970). Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed "Ellen" : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877] May 17. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : New Orleans, to Mary Louise Booth, 1885 June 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Henry Watkin], [1875-1877] Nov. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Henry Watkin], 1876 Oct. 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : New Orleans, to J.W. Bouton, [1883 Aug.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Walker, Ezra. Ezra Walker Collection 1826-1853. Ohio University, Alden Library
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Henry Watkin], [1875-1877]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to an unidentified recipient, [year not specified] May 4. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Watkin, Henry, 1824-1910. Draft of a letter : [Cincinnati, to Ellen Freeman], undated [1875-1877]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Henry Watkin], [1875-1877]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1876]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Henry Watkin], [1875-1877] Oct. 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1876] Apr. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Delano, William Adams, 1874-1960. William Adams Delano papers, 1902-1960 (inclusive), 1939-1960 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Henry Watkin], 1876 Nov. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Cincinnati, to Ellen Freeman, 1876. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Joint Advisory Committee on Planning and Development of the United Nations Headquarters. Joint Advisory Committee on Planning and Development of the United Nations Headquarters Records, 1934-1948, (bulk 1946-1947). Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Kumamoto, Japan, to Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1893 Aug. 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf McKenzie, Voorhees & Gmelin. Correspondence with Joseph Pennell, 1925. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Cincinnati, to Ellen Freeman, [1876]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877] May 29. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Saint Pierre, Martinique, to Alice Wellington Rollins, 1889 Feb. 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Henry Watkin], [1875-1877 Nov. 20]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Tokyo, to Little, Brown, and Company, 1900 May 5. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter : Cincinnati, to Ellen Freeman, [1876]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Artists for Victory, Inc. Artists for Victory, Inc. records, 1942-1946. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Walker, Ralph, 1889-1973. Letters, 1944-1970, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : [Japan], to Paula Baltzer, 1898 Sept. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : New Orleans, to John Foord, 1887 Mar. 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to Henry Watkin, [1875-1877] Sept. 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Joint Advisory Committee on Planning and Development of the United Nations Headquarters Records, 1934-1948, (bulk 1946-1947) Columbia University. Avery Architecture and Fine Arts Library. Department of Drawings and Archives.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Collection of Lafcadio Hearn letters : Japan and other places, to various recipients, 1878-1902. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to [Ellen Freeman], 1876. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Walker, Ralph, 1889-1973. Voorhees, Gmelin & Walker photographs, 1930-ca. 1933. Aurora University, Phillips Library
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Henry Watkin], [1875-1877] Nov. 27. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to Lafcadio Hearn, [1875-1877] June 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : [Japan], to Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1893 Dec. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to Lafcadio Hearn, [1875-1877] May 31. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Cincinnati, to Ellen Freeman, 1876 May 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Cincinnati, to [Ellen Freeman], undated [1875-1876]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed "Y. Koizumi" : Tokyo, to Mrs. H. Harrison, 1902 Sept. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to [Henry Watkin], [1875-1877] Sept. 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Collection of autograph letters signed : Tokyo, to Emil Gullman, 1897 Jan. 1-1900 Nov. 15. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph story : Cincinnati, [1876]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Walker, Ralph, 1889-1973. Correspondence to Paul Philippe Cret, 1943-1944. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : [Tokyo], to Emil Gullman, 1900 Sept. 22. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed "Ellen" : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877] May 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877] May 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to Lafcadio Hearn, [1875-1877] May 30. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to Lafcadio Hearn, [1875-1877] May 5. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed "Ellen" : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877] June 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Cincinnati, to Ellen Freeman, [1876]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to Henry Watkins, [1875-1877]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877] May 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877] May 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Cincinnati, to [Ellen Freeman], 1876 May 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Kobe, Japan, to Alice Wellington Rollins, 1895 Dec. 17. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Kumamoto, Japan, to Alice Wellington Rollins, 1892 Apr. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to Henry Watkin, [1875-1877] Nov. 3. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to Henry Watkin, [1875-1877] Oct. 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Watkin, Henry, 1824-1910. Autograph letter signed : Cincinnati, to [Ellen Freeman], 1876 Sept. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Osgood, James R. (James Ripley), 1836-1892. Manuscript letter signed "James R. Osgood & Co." : [Boston], to Lafcadio Hearn, 1884 Dec. 2. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter : [Cincinnati], to [Henry Watkin], [1876-1877]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. Autograph letter signed : Cincinnati, to Ellen Freeman, 1876 Sept. or Dec. 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed "Ellen" : [Cincinnati], to [Lafcadio Hearn], [1875-1877] May 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. Autograph letter signed : [Cincinnati], to Henry Watkin, [1875-1877] Oct. 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Walker, Ralph T. : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith American Institute of Architects. corporateBody
associatedWith Artists for Victory, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Bell Laboratories. Communications Hall. corporateBody
associatedWith Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Churchill, Henry S. (Henry Stern) person
associatedWith Delano, William Adams, 1874-1960. person
associatedWith Freeman, Ellen, 19th cent. person
associatedWith Haskell, Douglas Putnam, 1899-1979. person
associatedWith Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. person
associatedWith Joint Advisory Committee on Planning and Development of the United Nations Headquarters. corporateBody
associatedWith Little, Brown and Company. corporateBody
associatedWith McKenzie, Voorhees & Gmelin. corporateBody
associatedWith Osgood, James R. (James Ripley), 1836-1892. person
associatedWith Shannon, Palmer. person
associatedWith Stoddard, Richard Henry, 1825-1903. person
associatedWith Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker. corporateBody
correspondedWith Walker, Ezra. person
associatedWith Watkin, Henry, 1824-1910. person
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Architects
Architects
Architectural design
Architectural drawing
Architecture
Architecture
Architecture, American
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Birth 1889

Death 1973

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