Otis Leonard Wheelock

(b.Aug21-1816; d.Jan23-1893)

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The Woodruff House(left) and The Paddock Building and Arcade(right), two of Wheelock's more well known buildings.


Otis Wheelock was a Watertown architect who is distinguished for the many structures he designed after the Great Fire of 1849. He was the only architect living in Watertown at the time, he therefore left an indelible mark on the architectural landscape of the city.

In 1856, Wheelock moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he designed some of that city's well known landmarks after the Chicago Fire of 1871. He died in San Jose, California.



fh.PNGOne of the distinguishing features of many of Wheelock's buildings was the arched entryway. The photos above are the entrances to (from left) The American Building, The Crowner Hotel, The Paddock Arcade, The Woodruff House and Washington Hall.



PSquare-northside36.JPGVery few of Wheelock's creations remain standing today, but his architectural influence can still be felt in Watertown down to the present day. Architects of the Woodruff Professional Building (left) used elements of Wheelock's design of the Woodruff House in the planning and construction of the 1996 office building.






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Building: First Baptist Church
Location: Public Square
Year Built: 1846
Status: Demolished(1890)
Building: Paddock Arcade
Location: Public Square
Year Built: 1850
Status: Still Standing
==== ====Building: Paddock Building
Location: Public Square
Year Built: 1850
Status: Still Standing, Partially demolished(1921)
Building: American Building
Location: Public Square
Year Built: 1850
Status: Demolished(1919)
Building: Iron Block
Location: Public Square
Year Built: 1850
Status: Still Standing, Partially demolished(2005)
Building: Safford Block
Location: Court Street
Year Built: 1850
Status: Still Standing, Partially demolished(1940)
Building: Woodruff House
Location: Public Square
Year Built: 1851
Status: Demolished(1976)
Building: Universalist Church
Location: Public Square
Year Built: 1851
Status: Demolished(1907)
Building: First Presbyterian Church
Location: Washington Street
Year Built: 1851
Status: Still Standing
Building: Crowner House
Location: Court Street
Year Built: 1853
Status: Demolished(1966)
Building: Washington Hall
Location: Pub Sq/Washington St.
Year Built: 1853
Status: Demolished(1913)
Building: Hardiman Hotel
Location: Court Street
Year Built: 1853
Status: Demolished(1966)




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