April 18, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Posted in About William J. Carpenter | 4 Comments

The subject of this Blog is the William James Carpenter, AIA who was born in London England in 1864, emigrated to the United States c1878, and practiced architecture in several different cities across the United States.  Most often referred to as Wm. J. Carpenter, he died in 1953 in Palatka, Florida.

 If you are interested in the William Joseph Carpenter PhD FAIA who is an eminent author and contemporary architect headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, you will find him at

 Unfortunately, our subject’s promising career was cut short by the Great Depression of the 1930s and little has been recorded of his accomplishments.  In order to save this important part of American and family history this blog is dedicated to his life works.

If you are the owner of one of Wm. J. Carpenter’s buildings or paintings, or have other interests in his career please join us here and keep in touch.  The Odyssey will continue, and who knows where it will lead.  Each newly discovered building adds another jewel to the treasure chest.

  There is still a lot of research and writing to do.  I am going to try to add new dialogue information on Wm. J. Carpenter on a weekly schedule, so please bookmark this blog and check it regularly.  I probably won’t be able to respond to comments immediately, but will try to keep up to date with them every few days.

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California House Painting

June 5, 2016 at 2:23 pm | Posted in Paintings | Leave a comment


California Painting by Wm. J. Carpenter

California Painting by Wm. J. Carpenter

This painting of a contemporary California house was painted and signed by Wm. J. Carpenter  in 1916 while in California.  There is no other information about it.  It is a watercolor on heavy paper, 18 3/4 X 11 1/4 inches, signed “W. J. C. 1916”. We know that sometime between 1912 and 1919 the Wm. J. Carpenter family resided in Hollywood, California on Beechwood Avenue, but we do not know the exact dates, nor for how long. Read more…

Coe Family Coat of Arms Painting

May 20, 2016 at 12:15 pm | Posted in Paintings, Pittsburgh | Leave a comment

Coe Family Coat of Arms Painting

Coe Family Coat of Arms Wm. J Carpenter c1930

Coe Family Coat of Arms
Wm. J Carpenter c1930


Architect Wm. J. Carpenter AIA painted a watercolor of the Coe Family Coat of Arms for his wife Agnes while in DeLand, Florida about 1930 . Mrs. Carpenter was  born Agnes Christina Coe in Brady’s Bend, Pennsylvania on May  31, 1874 ; they had married in Pittsburgh in 1900 and lived in Beaver  until about 1919 when they moved to Florida.  She was very interested in family genealogy and while tracing her family tree back to Robert Coe and Benjamin Coe (born 1629) she had encountered a rendering of the family Coat of Arms and requested her husband to make a painting of it for her. Her father was Samuel Wallace Coe (1845-1918 and mother Elizabeth b. 1852.  He was an oil field developer in Pennsylvania.  Frameable prints  are now available.  Read more….


Gloucester Cathedral Painting by Wm. J. Carpenter

April 22, 2016 at 8:18 pm | Posted in Paintings | Leave a comment

Cathedral Painting

Cathedral Painting

Revised August 11, 2016

The subject of this painting has been identified as the Gloucester Cathedral in Gloucester, England

An article on an original watercolor painting of an unknown cathedral  painted by Architect Wm. J. Carpenter AIA has been published in the Paintings pages.  It is believed to have been painted in the 1920s. Read More…   Gloucester Cathedral



Craig Residence-Sewickley

February 16, 2016 at 1:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A page about the Wm. J. Carpenter designed  residence for George Craig in Sewickley, Pennsylvania has been added. Read More…

Currie House, Spokane, WA Auction

October 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm | Posted in Architecture, Spokane | Leave a comment
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The vintage Victorian Currie House, Spokane, WA, designed by architect Wm. J. Carpenter AIA circa 1889 is being offered at an on-line auction as a result of a bank foreclosure.  The house has a long-time history and has received much current publicity.  It was featured on THIS OLD HOUSE TV show a few years ago.

More on the auctiion click to be held Oct. 13-15 click here.

For more on the history of the building visit:

To bring you up to date on this historic house , the first residence designed by Mr. Carpenter at the age of 25, it is on the  Spokane Historic Registry . It has been reported that it was the object of an ongoing restoration project.  Hopefullly any buyer will have the ways and means to complete the restoration which will preserve the classic integity and beauty of this unique structure. Please add comments  below.  Your address will be protected.

Wm. J. Carpenter Family Update

August 9, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Posted in About William J. Carpenter | Leave a comment

Architect Wm. J. Carpenter’s grandaughter Dr. Lynn Carpenter has retired from University of California Irvine and is now continuing to manage her tree farm in Costa Rica.  She and her sister Nancy Adrian are researching the reforestation of barren rain forest lands, and with great success.  They harvested the first crop of mature trees last year, after less than 20 years since planting. The trees are very much like the Southern long leaf pine which Grandfather used so much in his Florida buildings.  Read more about this very worthwhile project at It is an informative web site and they will appreciate your interest.

Putnam Hotel-DeLand Sold

July 23, 2013 at 10:32 am | Posted in DeLand & Volusia County | Leave a comment

The Architect Wm. J. Carpenter AIA designed Hotel Putnam has been sold and is to be renovated. Read more at We will bring you more on the renovation as plans are developed. Jack

Wm. J. Carpenter prints for a good cause

September 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Prints of Wm. J. Carpenter’s water color paintings of Florida scenes have been donated to Friends of the SummerHavenRiver for their fund raising silent auction this weekend.

This event is being staged to raise interest and funding to restore the SummerHaven River to its natural path. This once thriving and historic waterway was allowed to silt completely closed after three major storm events occurring in 2008 when pristine fishing, recreational, and residential territory was demolished.  For more on this effort to restore this valuable natural asset for coming generations go to  

The benefit will be held Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, 3:30-7:00 at the Hammock Wine & Cheese Shoppe, Hammock, Palm Coast (just south of and opposite Publix), Hwy AIA.

For more information call 904 461 3495.





McCook Mansion on Fifth Pittsburgh

June 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Some interesting background information on the restoration of the Mansions on Fifth was published byPittsburgh’s Our Region Business group on their web site last week.

The interview with Richard Pearson and his team reported on the status of their renovation and preservation of the 1906 Carpenter & Crocker designed mansions of Willis McCook and his daughter Bessie Reed.  The hotel is now open and the entire complex is expected to be in full operation by this fall.

The fact that it has been possible to bring the building up to modern building code requirements one hundred years later speaks well for the capability of architect Wm. J. Carpenter AIA, the principal designer.  The many historically significant architectural features have resulted in the buildings being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For the complete interview click here:

Wm. J. Carpenter Art Exhibit well attended

March 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The public exhibition of the art work of architect/artist Wm. J. Carpenter AIA during the Palatka Ravine Gardens Festival was a feature attraction.  The event was well attended, with out-of-town visitors including Mr. Carpenter’s five grandchildren, who came from as far away as Costa Rica for the event.


T-shirts Were Popular

At the opening reception onFeb. 26, 2012 Mayor Vernon Myers  recognized Mr. Carpenter, an English emigrant turned successful American architect, as the earliest acknowledged artist to portray the Gardens, soon after the opening as a WPA project in 1937.

One of Mr. Carpenter’s paintings of a serene scene deep within the gardens was featured as the Festival poster and even on T-shirts.  A few of these are still available at $20.00, postage paid.  If you would like one contact Jack to see if your desired size and color is available.

A slide show of the exhibit is being prepared and will be available on CD in a few weeks. Be sure to register as a member on this site and you will be notified when more details are completed.  A FREE subscription will assure that you will receive an alert for future announcements on this site.

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