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Thomas Warren Sears (December 15, 1880 June 1966) was a noted American landscape architect.

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Sears was born in Brookline, Massachusetts to Alexander Pomeroy and Elizabeth Prescott (Jones) Sears. He received his A.B. in 1903 from Harvard College, followed in 1906 by his B.S. in Landscape Architecture as a member of Harvard's first graduating class in the field. After establishing an office in Providence, Rhode Island, Sears moved to Philadelphia and by 1917 had begun his own practice there, where he remained for the rest of his career.

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His works listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places include the Reynolda Historic District, Reynolda Rd. Winston-Salem, NC (Sears, Thomas Warren) and Graylyn. [1] [2]

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Reynolda Historic District

Reynolda Historic District is a 178 acres (72 ha) national historic district located on Reynolda Rd. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It includes work by Charles Barton Keen and by landscape architect Thomas Warren Sears. The listing includes 22 contributing buildings and one other contributing structure. It includes Reynolda House, Reynolda Gardens, Village, and Presbyterian Church. The district was once part of a larger self-sufficient country estate conceived and developed by R. J. Reynolds, founder of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.


Graylyn is a historic estate located at Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina. The mansion was built in 1927, and is a large and rambling Norman Revival style mansion. It is 2 1/2 stories and is faced with yellow Randolph County stone. It features an irregular slate covered hipped roof pierced by roundheaded dormers and ornamented brick chimneys with multiple flues. It is set on grounds designed by noted landscape architect Thomas Warren Sears. Associated with the house are a number of contributing outbuildings including a garage-guest house and "farm" complex.

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  1. National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service.
  2. H. McKelden Smith (n.d.). "Graylyn" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
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