Prominent and prolific architect who designed the Nevada Buildings for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. Quite a few of his structures were entered into the U.S. National Register of Historic Places during the 1980s.
He had little formal training in architecture. He earned a degree in mining engineering at the University of Nevada in 1904. He lived briefly in San Francisco.
He was named Nevada State Architect in 1919. Since the position was eliminated in 1926, he became the only person to occupy it.
He adopted a son, Galen. His daughter-in-law, Joanne de Longchamps, became a famous poet and artist.
He and Daniel Burnham were both renowned American architect around the turn of the 20th century.