Thomas Tallmadge

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Thomas Eddy Tallmadge
Born(1876-04-24)April 24, 1876
DiedJanuary 1, 1940(1940-01-01) (aged 63)
Nationality American
PracticeTallmadge & Watson
Buildings Robert A. Millikan House
Roycemore School (former Lincoln Street campus)
Arthur J. Dunham House

Thomas Eddy Tallmadge (April 24, 1876 – January 1, 1940) was an American architect, best known for his Prairie School works with Vernon S. Watson as Tallmadge & Watson.



Thomas Eddy Tallmadge was born in Washington, D.C. on April 24, 1876. He was raised in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, graduating from Evanston Township High School. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1898 with a bachelor's degree in Architecture. He returned to Chicago to study under Daniel H. Burnham, one of the city's most prominent architects. While working for Burnham, Tallmadge received a scholarship from the Chicago Architectural Club for his work "A Crèche in a Manufacturing District". He used the scholarship to travel through Europe. [1]

The Arthur J. Dunham House in Berwyn. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Arthur J. Dunham House, Berwyn, IL.jpg
The Arthur J. Dunham House in Berwyn. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Upon his return in 1905, Tallmadge decided to start his own architectural firm with fellow Burnham draftsman Vernon S. Watson. Although Watson was the chief designer, Tallmadge became the face of the firm due to his commitment as a historian and teacher. He taught at the Armour Institute of Technology from 1906 to 1926. Tallmadge is credited for coining the term "Chicago school" in an article for Architectural Review to describe the recent trends in architecture pioneered by Burnham, Louis Sullivan, and others. Tallmadge took sole control over his firm after Watson retired in 1936. Late in his career, Tallmadge focused on publishing books instead of articles, completing three works. In 1940, Tallmadge was killed in an Illinois Central train accident near Arcola, Illinois. He is buried in Graceland Cemetery in Chicago along with many other famed Chicago architects. [1]


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