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sdgruber commented about Empire Theater on Jun 22, 2012 at 4:58 am

Wellington W. Taber and George W. Baxter were active architects in Syracuse at the turn of the 20th century. I’m presently compiling a list of their bldgs. Here is a useful obit for Baxter, who is the lesser known of the two.

George W. Baxter (1851-1917)


Syracuse Journal (Syracuse, NY), 13 June 1917. “The funeral of George Washington Baxter, 66, a member of the architectural and engineering firm of Taber & Baxter, who died suddenly Tuesday night at his home, 104 McLennan av., will be held from there Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Masonic services at the grave in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was in his usual health last evening when he returned home from his office, where he had been all day. He was entering his bedroom about 9 o'clock when he was stricken. Dr. Allen Cone was summoned, but Mr. Baxter was beyond aid at the arrival of the physician. Mr. Baxter was born in Brooklyn in 1851, and came to this city when he was 20 years of age, going into the salt business. Several years later he was engaged in architecture and opened an office under the name of Baxter & Buell.

After Mr. Buell’s death he entered the employ of the Solvay Process Company, where he worked for several years. Then he entered into partnership with Wellington W. Taber. He was a member of Central City Lodge, No. 305, F. and A. M., and the Citizens Club. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Eva Beecher Baxter; a son. Robert A. Baxter; one daughter, Mrs. James L. Crabtree; four grandchildren, Donald B. Baxter, William B. Crabtree, Eva Crabtree and John P. Baxter; three brothers and a sister."