George Winkler was born in 1869 in Pennsylvania and attended Cornell and Columbia Universities. He moved to Oklahoma shortly after it became a state and originally settled in Tulsa, where he formed a partnership with Charles A. McDonald and designed such downtown icons as the Mayo Hotel. After living briefly in Florida, he moved to Oklahoma City in 1930 and formed Winkler & Reid with Guy C. Reid. Reid was born in Arkansas in 1893, graduated from OSU in 1916, and then worked in Tulsa for Rush Endicott Rush at the same time Bruce Goff was there. After serving in World War I, Reid moved to Oklahoma City, and he and Winkler formed their partnership in 1930. During this time, they designed the Aldridge Hotel in McAlester and the Youngblood Hotel in Enid, and Reid also served as president of the Oklahoma AIA in 1936. Winkler was an accomplished artist and many of his paintings were featured at the Oklahoma City Art Center (the forerunner to today’s Oklahoma City Museum of Art). The two men dissolved their partnership in 1952 when Winkler retired.
Reid then formed his own firm, Guy C. Reid & Associates and three years later, his son, John Allen Reid, joined him (the photo above is of John). John was a graduate of MIT in 1950 and spent his early years as an architect working for such globally prestigious firms as Perkins & Will in Chicago, Richard Neutra in Los Angeles, Ketchum Gina & Sharp in New York City, and Stone & Webster in Boston. He returned to Oklahoma City in 1955 to work with his dad until the older man’s death in 1962, at which time he formed his own firm, Reid & Associates.
Here’s John’s obituary from 2008:
John Allen Reid, 83, of Oklahoma City, Ok, died in his home on September 12, 2008. John was born April 23, 1925 in Oklahoma City to Guy C. and Gertude Wright Reid. He attended Classen High School, graduating with the class of 1942. His education was interrupted by WWII, when he was drafted at the age of 18. He proudly served under General Patton in the U.S. Army 11th Armored Division, Company B, 21st Armored Infantry Battallion. He fought in the battle of the Bulge, helping liberate Bastogne. He was decorated with the American Theater Campaign Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, and Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, among others. After returning from the war, John continued his education, earning a degree in architecture from M.I.T. and attending the Harvard School of Business. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He embarked on his career as an architect, first working with his father before starting his own architectural firm in Oklahoma City. His work took him to many exciting places such as Alaska and China, but the focus of his practice was designing schools across his home state of Oklahoma. John enjoyed traveling, tennis, animals, and playing cards with his many friends. Most of all, he enjoyed his family.
Robinson & Winkler, Pittsburgh and Altoona, Pennsylvania, 1903-1907
Winkler & McDonald, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1910-1916
Schumacher & Winkler, Tampa, Florida, 1926-1930
Winkler & Reid, 1930-1952
Guy C. Reid & Associates, 1952-1962
Reid & Associates, 1962-1970s
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