John B. Snook (1815-1901)

John Butler Snook, of Brooklyn, New York; Architect, of John B. Snook & Sons

Born in England, he came to America with his parents as child. He was a self-taught architect, having been trained as a carpenter under his father. In New York City, he became one of the eras most respected architects and was Billy Vanderbilt's architect of choice. His most notable buildings included the Grand Central Depot (the predecessor of Grand Central Terminal), the Metropolitan Hotel, Odd Fellows Hall, and among others he worked on the A.T. Stewart Department Store.