F.C. Bonsack was a well know architect before he was chosen to oversee the rebuilding of WMA. He was responsible for much of the building of the new company town of Granite City, Il. Related by marriage to the Niedringhaus family, the founders of the city, the St. Louis architect had earned a substantial reputation on the Illinois side of the river.
Both St.Louis Historic Preservation and St.Louis Archicects web sites highlight much of his work. In 1904 Bonsack designed the Persian Pavilion for the St. Louis World’s Fair. The next year he was credited with building the 1st large St.Louis building of concrete construction (The gothic revival Wagoner Undertaking Co. building) and in 1906 the Pierce Building at 112 N 4th street in downtown St. Louis. The Pierce building became the Adams Mark Hotel and is now the Hyatt Hotel.Among his most acclaimed designs were the American Hotel and Theatre the Coliseum and the Glen Echo Country Club.(see National Registry of Historic Places document)