Duane Lyman

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Duane Lyman
Born(1886-09-09)September 9, 1886
DiedApril 30, 1966(1966-04-30) (aged 79)
Alma materYale University (1908)
SpouseElizabeth Stimson
PracticeLansing Bley & Lyman (1912-1919), Bley & Lyman (1919-ca. 1939), Lyman & Associates (ca. 1939-1966)
BuildingsSaturn Club, Country Club of Buffalo, Johnston House, M&T Bank Center

Duane Lyman (1886–1966) was an architect based in Buffalo, New York, known for his prolific career which included 100 school buildings, many churches, and numerous large homes both in the city and suburban communities. At the time of his death, Lyman was referred to as the "dean of Western New York Architecture."[1]

Early life[edit]

Lyman was born in Lockport, New York, the son of Richard B. and Molly Hayes Lyman. He attended Lafayette High School in Buffalo and in 1908, graduated from Yale University's Sheffield Scientific School, where he studied architecture and mechanical engineering.[2]


After graduating in 1908, he traveled abroad to Europe, staying until 1913 and the eve of World War I. He returned to the United States, settling in Buffalo and started an architecture practice. He was chief in three firms: Lansing Bley & Lyman (1912–1919), Bley & Lyman (1919–ca. 1939), and Lyman & Associates (ca. 1939–1966). Lyman volunteered for military service during World War I, serving in the nation's capital, and left with the rank of major.[1]

Some of Lyman's papers survive in the collection of the Buffalo History Museum.[3]

Selected works[edit]

Personal life[edit]

In 1911, he married Elizabeth Stimson, with whom he had three daughters. Lyman hunted and fished on his near 100 acre farm near South Wales, in Western New York and Canada, fished in Florida and New Brunswick, Canada, and at his hunting and fishing lodge near Bic in Quebec (since 1955), where he was a member of the Anglo-American Fish & Game Club of Bic.[1] He was also a member of the Saturn Club in Buffalo and a life member and director of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. Lyman died on April 30, 1966, at his home on 78 Oakland Place in Buffalo, which he designed and built in 1948. He was interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo.


  1. ^ a b c "Buffalo as an Architectural Museum". Duane Lyman. The History of Buffalo, New York. 2009-03-17.
  2. ^ "Duane Lyman and Associates, Architects, Records, 1923-1975 (bulk 1952-1963)". lib.buffalo.edu. Buffalo History Museum. Research Library. Archived from the original on 17 January 2017. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  3. ^ " "Duane Lyman and Associates, Architects, Records, 1923-1975". Retrieved 2013-07-06.
  4. ^ a b c d e "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Archived from the original (Searchable database) on 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2016-02-01. Note: This includes Derek King and Jennifer Walkowski (April 2015). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: American Radiator Company Factory Complex" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-02-01. and Accompanying photographs

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