Eber F. Piers, Architect [1889-1959]
Eber F. Piers was born in Denver in 1889. He studied architecture briefly at the University of Colorado and in 1908 moved to Ogden, Utah, and began working as an architectural draftsman for the firm of Smith and Hodgson. Two years later he opened his own office. He practiced alone until 1952 when he went into partnership with his son, John F. Piers. He died in 1959. During his career he designed more than 300 buildings, most of them in the Ogden area. They include the Edmund O. Wattis residence (1914), the Ruth Wattis Gwilliam residence (1917), the Ezekial Dumke residence (1917), the Virginia Houtz Green residence (1914), the Royal Eccles residence (1920), the Marriner Adams Browning Residence (1914), the South Ogden High School, Ogden's Central Junior High School, the First National Bank Building in Ogden, and a number of WPA buildings during the 1930s, including the Boys' Dormitory at the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind, the Industrial and Trades Building at the Utah State Industrial School, the Utah State Tuberculosis Sanitarium, the North Ogden Elementary School, and the El Monte (Ogden Municipal) Golf Course Clubhouse.
† John McCormick, Utah State Historical Society, Historic Preservation Research Office, Utah School for the Deaf and Blind, Boys Dormitory, focus.nps.gov, National Park Service, Washington, D.C., accessed February, 2013.