Historic Detroit

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William C. Weston (1866 - 1932)

The New Zealand-born architect came to the United States in 1885 and apprenticed in Chicago at the firm of renowned architect Daniel H. Burnham. Weston first practiced in Birmingham, Ala., before coming to Detroit. There he met Harold Ellington, who had just dissolved his partnership with engineer Joachim Giaver and architect Frederick Dinkelberg. The men formed the firm Weston & Ellington, which specialized mostly in factories, but they did land some major projects, such as the Metropolitan Building and two hotels, the Wardell (now known as the Park Shelton) and the Fort Wayne. After Weston died in 1932, Ellington would go on to join the firm that would later become Harley Ellis Devereaux.