Architect Evarts Tracy

Evarts Tracy (5/2/1868-1/3/1929) New York NY

Former member of the well known firm of Tracy & Swartwout of New York, architects of many monumental public buildings in cities throughout the country.

A graduate of Yale University in 1890, Mr. Tracy studied architecture in New York and during three years at the Paris Ecole des Beaux Arts. After returning to the U.S. he secured a position as draftsman with the New York firm of McKim, Mead & White, and worked there until 1896 when he decided to start practice for himself.

In 1900 he formed a partnership with Egerton Swartwout and until his retirement in 1915 participated actively in practice under the firm name. Among Tracy & Swartwout's first important commissions where the Denver Post Office and Court House Building, 1908-1914; Missouri State Capital, Jefferson City, 1912-1915, Cathedral of St. John in the Wilderness, Colorado; and in New York, the Webster Hotel.

Interested in Military training from boyhood, Mr. Tracy spent two years at the Army Barracks in Plattsburg, NY, and at the start of World War I, was commissioned Major in the Engineers' Corps. After serving with distinction overseas, he was advanced to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, later received the Distinguished Service Cross. Following the signing of the Armistice in November, 1918, Mr. Tracy remained in France, engaged in reconstruction work until his death, which occurred in Paris.