Elijah E. Myers - Early Life

Early Life

Myers may have studied architecture under Samuel Sloan before serving in the Civil War. He initially lived in Springfield, Illinois after the Civil War, but moved to Detroit, Michigan while working on the Michigan State capitol, where he remained. Myers had conflicts with fellow architects, whom he claimed stole his designs and sued, and sometimes his clients. He was fired from the Texas Capitol project in 1886 over complaints that he was not giving enough attention to the project, and his design was subsequently changed. He was also fired from the Colorado State Capitol project and the Howell Library project, apparently in disputes about money.

In 1879, Myers sued Edwin May, the architect of a new Indiana State House, claiming that elements of design were stolen. Myers lost the lawsuit.

In 1891, Myers applied for the position of Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury but another was chosen.

During the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, Myers served on the Board of Examiners for the fair's buildings.

Myers died at home in Detroit and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit. His grave is currently unmarked but an Elijah Myers Memorial Commission is raising funds for an appropriate stone. The only known portrait of Myers hangs in the Elijah Myers room of the Michigan State Capitol.

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