H. Rus Warne
H. Rus Warne, 1916.
BornOctober 10, 1872
DiedApril 25, 1954
NationalityUnited States
BuildingsCharleston City Hall, Boone County Courthouse
ProjectsKanawha County Courthouse additions

Harry Rus Warne (October 10, 1872 – April 25, 1954) was a Charleston, West Virginia-based architect.

He was born at Parkersburg, West Virginia in 1872 and attended the Ohio Mechanics Institute (OMI) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Warne established his architectural practice in Parkersburg in 1892, after having traveled extensively throughout the United States and in Europe. He moved to Charleston in 1902, and formed Silling Associates, Inc. The firm continues today as the oldest continuing architectural firm in West Virginia.[1]

He designed two World’s Fair pavilions for West Virginia. One was the 123-foot tall Coal Column and West Virginia Building at the 1907 Jamestown Exposition; the other was the West Virginia Building for the 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. He also designed many residential homes for wealthy clients in the growing suburbs of Edgewood, South Hills, and Kanawha City near Charleston.[1]

Warne died at home in Charleston April 25, 1954, and his ashes are in the Warne family mausoleum in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Parkersburg.[1]

Selected works


  1. ^ a b c Michael Gioulis (March 2007). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Kenwood" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-07-23.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.