Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Willis Webb Polk - Architect and Father of Famous Architect
Willis Webb Polk (1836-1906) was the father of famed architect Willis Polk (1867-1924). He was a builder and architect of some note. In 1885, the elder Polk along with his son Willis opened W.W. Polk & Son in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1892, along with another son, Daniel, they opened Polk & Polk in San Francisco. The younger Willis Polk was responsible for creative design, Daniel was in charge of drafting and the father in charge of supervising the construction projects. After Daniel’s departure in 1897 the firm went bankrupt and the elder Polk retired.
Polk was born in Kentucky and fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. He was related to Major General Leonidas Polk, a cousin of President James Knox Polk and a descendant of Robert Morris, one of President George Washington’s financiers. He was known for his fervent advocacy of temperance.
He died at his famous son’s home in Berkeley four months after the death of his wife, Endimial.
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