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Name:    Ittner, William B.
Profession:  Architect
Category:  Architecture
Born/Started:    1864
Died/Ended:    1936
Description:    William Butts Ittner was a prominent architect whose works include more than 50 school buildings in St. Louis and 25 other states. The first of his St. Louis school designs was Eliot School (1898-99); the last was Bryan Mullanphy (1914-15). Other notable buildings by Ittner in St. Louis include the 1916 Missouri Athletic Club (designed with G. F. A. Brueggeman) and the 1921 Scottish Rite Cathedral. His most remarkable contribution to the city was the 1929 art deco Continental Building in midtown St. Louis.

Ittner was born in St. Louis in 1864. He was a member of the Washington Universitys Manual Training School’s first graduating class in 1884, and went on to study architecture at Cornell University. Like many other architects of his time, Ittner left for Europe to study before returning to St. Louis where he entered Eames & Young´s office.

From 1889 to circa 1891, he practiced alone before entering brief partnerships, first with William Foster and then with Link and Rosenheim. Ittner was President of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects from 1893-95. In 1897, he was elected to the new office of commissioner of school buildings for the board of education, and served in that position until his resignation in 1910. He continued as "consulting architect" to the board until October of 1914. William B. Ittner died in 1936 but his name lives on in St. Louis architecture through the firms of William B. Ittner, Inc. and Ittner & Bowersox, Inc.

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