| United States|| Architect|
| October 2, 1873Somerset County, Pennsylvania|
Munsch, Huemme & Lyons; S. Munsch & Co.; A. C. Lyons
16 March 1942, Fairmont, West Virginia, United States
Jacobs-Hutchinson Block, First Ward School
A. C. Lyons (1873-1942) was an American architect from Fairmont, West Virginia.
A. C. Lyons Wikipedia
A. C. Lyons was born in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1873. When he was an infant, the family moved to Pittsburgh, before moving on to Huntington, West Virginia, in 1880. The family later returned to Pittsburgh, where Lyons finished his schooling.
Lyons began his architectural career in 1888, in the office of Pittsburgh architect Solomon Munsch. In 1891 he went to Fairmont to manage a branch office for the firm, now Munsch & Huemme. In 1894 this was expanded to a partnership, Munsch, Huemme & Lyons, with offices in Pittsburgh and Fairmont. The firm became known as S. Munsch & Company upon Huemme's departure. After Munsch's death in 1898, Lyons established his own office in Fairmont.
Lyons quickly grew to become one of the most prominent architects in northeast West Virginia. In 1904, he established a branch office at Elkins, a small city then undergoing rapid growth. He was also, around 1902, associated with John C. Tibbets as Lyons & Tibbets. He practiced until at least the 1920s, but by then he lost prominence to other architects, including R. A. Gillis, Jones & Nuzum, and Coy H. Snider. He died in Fairmont in 1942.
At least two buildings designed by Lyons have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and several more contribute or did contribute to listed historic districts. In 2013, local historian Dr. M. Raymond Alvarez called Lyons "the primary architect, literally, of Fairmont’s transition from a sleepy county seat to a bustling commercial center".1894 - Merchants and Mechanics Savings Bank Building, 101 W Main St, Grafton, West Virginia
1895 - First M. E. Church (remodeling), 118 Clarksburg St, Mannington, West Virginia
1898 - McCoy Building, 109 Fairmont Ave, Fairmont, West VirginiaDemolished.
1900 - Clyde E. Hutchinson House, 701 Benoni Ave, Fairmont, West Virginia
1900 - Sample Building, 221 Monroe St, Fairmont, West Virginia
1902 - Thomas W. Arnett House, 707 Benoni Ave, Fairmont, West Virginia
1902 - Jacobs-Hutchinson Block, 205 Adams St, Fairmont, West Virginia
1903 - Jacobs Building, 316 Monroe St, Fairmont, West Virginia
1904 - Randolph Hotel, Railroad Ave, Elkins, West VirginiaDemolished.
1905 - Fifth Ward School (former), 601 Locust Ave, Fairmont, West Virginia
1905 - Woman's Hall, Fairmont State Normal School, Fairmont, West VirginiaOn the former Fairmont Avenue campus. Demolished in 1924.
1907 - First Ward School (former), 1301 S Davis Ave, Elkins, West Virginia
1907 - Scott Building, 309 Scott St, Elkins, West Virginia
1907 - Third Ward School (former), 978 Harrison Ave, Elkins, West Virginia
1908 - Rivesville School (former), 168 Jasper St, Rivesville, West Virginia
1910 - Consolidation Coal Office Building, 78 Millers Creek Rd, Van Lear, Kentucky
1916 - Professional Building, 311 Cleveland Ave, Fairmont, West VirginiaWith Coy H. Snider.