Griffith Thomas

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For the Anglican scholar-cleric, see William Griffith Thomas.
Dining room of the Fifth Avenue Hotel, 1859

Griffith Thomas (1820—1879) was an American architect. He partnered with his father, Thomas Thomas, at the architecture firm of T. Thomas and Son.

Architecture writer Christopher Gray called him "one of the most prolific architects of the period" (the mid-19th century).[1] The American Institute of Architects in 1908 called him "the most fashionable architect of his generation."[2]

Many of his notable buildings are found in New York City, including the central section of the Astor Library (1859), at 444 Lafayette Street; the Arnold Constable Building (1869), at Broadway and West 19th Street; the old New York Life Insurance Building (1870), at 346 Broadway; and the Gunther Building (1872), at 469-475 Broome Street.[3] He was also the architect of the Fifth Avenue Hotel (1859), which was replaced in 1909 by Robert Maynicke's Toy Center Building,The Restoration Hardware Building 935 Broadway (159 Fifth).

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  1. ^ "On Canal Street, a Sooty Survivor of a Grander Time", by Christopher Gray, New York Times, March 26, 2006.
  2. ^ Architectural Record No. 24, American Institute of Architects, p. 303.
  3. ^ New York: A Guide to the Metropolis, by Gerard R. Wolfe

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