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 Edgar Eugene Joralemon  (1858 - 1937)

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Lived/Active: New York/Minnesota/California/Illinois      Known for: architecture, design, landscape painting

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Untitled-'Niagara River', Watercolor, 13-3/8 x 19-3/8
Untitled-'Niagara River', Watercolor, 13-3/8 x 19-3/8
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Biography from Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc.:
Edgar Eugene Joralemon was a noted architect, builder, designer, artist and consultant,  known for his many designs of civic buildings, schools, theaters, hospitals, mansions and homes throughout the United States.  Many of his designs can be seen locally throughout Niagara Falls and the Western New York region, including the Seymour H. Knox House and Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church Parish Office and Stable in Buffalo, NY; Carnegie Library and Felton High School in North Tonawanda, NY; Niagara Falls Public Library, Louise Memorial Hospital, and the old Niagara Falls High School in Niagara Falls, NY, among many others.

Joralemon is also known for his many styles of architecture that he pioneered and excelled in while living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota such as Romanesque revival with elements from the Shingle and Queen Anne styles and Renaissance.  He has also designed numerous buildings in New York City and across New York State, Iowa, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Over the course of his 50 year career, Joralemon worked with many well known architects and had a few architectural partnerships of his own.  Sadly, some of his wonderful homes and buildings have either been demolished, fell to disrepair or have burned down, but many beautiful examples of his work have thankfully survived and some are in the National Register of Historic Places.  


1858- Born, July 31st, to James and Caroline V. Joralemon, unknown city, IL.

1867-1897- Lived in Minneapolis, MN.

1876- Edgar gets his first job as chief draughtsman at the age of 18, working for the Minnesota architect Leroy S. Buffington (American, 1847-1931), Minneapolis, MN.

1880- Thursday November 25th, Edgar Married Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Rafter), daughter of James Rafter a Minneapolis cooper at the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN. They resided in St. Paul, MN.

1887- January 8th, their only son Frederick Eugene is Born, Minneapolis, MN.

1897- Edgar and the family left Minneapolis and moved to Niagara Falls, NY.

1907- Wednesday July 3rd, their son Frederick Eugene died from a drowning at Olcott Beach on Lake Ontario, Newfane, NY. He is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY.

1910- Edgar and his wife moved to Peekskill, NY.

1912- Edgar and his wife moved to Buffalo, NY.

circa 1925- Edgar retired from architecture, Buffalo, NY.

circa 1933- Edgar and his wife moved to Pasadena, CA. December 20th, his wife Elizabeth died at the age of 75, Pasadena, CA. She is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY.

1934- June, Edgar deeds his residence on Delaware Avenue near Virginia Street, and six of his watercolor paintings of the Niagara River to his friends at the Deveaux School during the Founder’s Day exercises, in memory of his wife who passed away the previous year.   The paintings were Goat Island and Horseshoe Falls (August 1898), The American Falls, including Bridal Veil Falls, Luna Island and Rock of Ages (September 1898), Cayuga Creek (1899), A Forest Scene-Gill Creek (October 25th, 1899), Griffon Channel At La Salle (1900), and The Old Bridge Over Cayuga Creek, Niagara Falls, NY.    

1937- Died, September 29th, at the age of 79, in a California Sanitorium following a 10 year illness with Palsy, Pasadena, CA.  He is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY.  

A fantastic website designed and maintained by author, historian and preservationist Charles D. Test features more information regarding Edgar E. Joralemon’s architectural work and life, and can be found at

Rewritten & compiled chronologically by Mark Strong of Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., East Aurora, NY, 01/2009.

Sources: artist info, old newspaper clippings, death notices, “Charles D. Test and Edgar E. Joralemon”, by Charles D. Test, 09/15/05, and from, brief guestbook statement by Charles D. Test, January 18th, 2008; Art and Life On The Upper Mississippi: 1890-1915, by Michael Conforti (Editor), online digitized book, Minnesota, 1900; National Register of Historic Places,, Minnesota architectural listings; Hazeltine, PA, Plain Speaker, from online obituary Friday, December 3rd, 1937, message board section at, “Joralemon, E.E., d. 1937”, posted February 3rd, 2007; Birmingham New York Press, 1906, online digitized newspaper article, Binghamton NY Press Grayscale 1906 - 0672.pdf.)

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