S. Wemyss Smith


S. Wemyss-Smith. The junior member of the firm of Layton & Wemyss-Smith, whose prominent connections and achievements as architects have been described in the sketch of Mr. Layton, has spent all his active career in the Southwest, and prior to his association with the present firm had established a reputation for individual work on a number of notable private and public structures in the State of Texas.
A native of England, Mr. Wemyss-Smith was born in Bath, in 1876, a son of Col. T. and Emily (Talbot) Wemyss-Smith. In 1892 he came to America, and began the study of architecture as a practical apprentice with Messer, Sanguinet & Messer, at Fort Worth, Texas. To round out his education he spent the year 1897-98 at Kenyon College, Ohio, and then formed a partnership with Mr. Howard Messer. They were together three years, with offices in Fort Worth and Waco. Then for a year the firm of Wemyss-Smith & Moore continued in Fort Worth, after which for two years he practiced alone. In 1904 he became senior member of Wemyss-Smith & Schenck, which continued for three years. In 1907 Mr. Wemyss-Smith came to Oklahoma City and joined S. A. Layton. Their record as architects, including the building of the splendid capitol of Oklahoma, is found on other pages.
Before the present firm was formed Mr. Wemyss-Smith had commissions as architect for a large number of costly residences and public buildings, among which the better known are: Science Hall and Library, Baylor University, Waco; dormitory, veterinary hospital and bathhouse for the Agricultural and Mechanical College, College Station, Texas; girls’ dormitory at College of Industrial Arts, Denton; First Methodist Episcopal Church, Fort Worth; Carnegie Library buildings at Corsicana, Cleburne, Belton, Terrell, in Texas, and Arkansas City, Kansas, and Shawnee, Oklahoma, besides the Sims Memorial Library at Waxahachie.
Mr. Wemyss-Smith is a thirty-second degree Mason, having affiliations with Siloam Lodge No. 276, A. F. & A. M., with McAlester Consistory of the Scottish Rite, and India Temple of the Mystic Shrine. He is also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club, and the South Canadian Gun and Rod club. Mr. Weymss-Smith married, in 1898, Miss May Stephens, daughter of Congressman John H. Stephens of Texas. Their one son is Peyton Wemyss-Smith. They reside at 109 East Park Place.