Thomas Silloway

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Highrock Church, Arlington, Massachusetts (c. 1841), one of Silloway's earliest works
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Memorial Hall, Oakland, Maine (1870)

Thomas William Silloway (August 7, 1828 – May 17, 1910) was an American architect, known for building over 400 church buildings in the eastern United States.

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Silloway was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and raised a Methodist by his parents, Susan Stone Silloway and Thomas Silloway, Sr., a coppersmith. As a teenager, Silloway was apprenticed to a housewright and as a clerk in an East India merchant store.

In 1844 Silloway became a Universalist. He was educated in the local public schools, at Brown High School, and in the local Latin School. In 1847 he began studying under Ammi B. Young, designer of the Boston Custom House. In 1851 he began his own architecture practice. In 1862 Silloway started a second career as a Universalist minister in New Hampshire, Boston, and Brighton, Massachusetts. He left the ministry in 1867 when his architectural work increased. Silloway had diverse interests in architecture, theology, music, and genealogy, and published many books on diverse topics. By the time he died in 1910 Silloway was credited for designing more church buildings than any other individual in America. [1] [2] [3]

Notable works

Publications by Silloway

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References

  1. http://www.bahistory.org/HistorySilloway.html (accessed April 11, 2010)
  2. William P. Marchione, Allston-Brighton in Transition: From Cattle Town to Streetcar Suburb (The History Press, 2007)
  3. American Art Annual, Volume 8. MacMillan Company. 1911. p. 401.