J. Harleston Parker

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J. Harleston Parker (1873 - May 5, 1930) was an American architect active in Boston, Massachusetts.

Parker was born in Boston, graduated from Harvard University in 1893, then studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and, after a further four years at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, took his degree in 1899. In 1900, he formed the firm of Parker & Thomas in Boston with Douglas H. Thomas, Jr., which later in 1907 added Arthur Wallace Rice to become Parker, Thomas & Rice. As head of the firm, he designed many notable buildings and served as chairman of the Boston Art Commission.

In 1921, he established the "Harleston Parker Medal" in memory of his father, awarded annually by the Boston Society of Architects and City of Boston to recognize “such architects as shall have, in the opinion of the Boston Society of Architects for any private citizen, association, corporation, or public authority, the most beautiful piece of architecture, building, monument or structure within the limits of the City of Boston or of the Metropolitan Parks District”.

Selected works[edit]

A number of their works are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, maintained by the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Works include:

As Parker & Thomas
  • World Relief Headquarters (1907), (former Savings Bank of Baltimore Building, founded 1818), East Baltimore Street at North Charles Street, (southeast corner), Baltimore, Maryland. (Parker & Thomas)
  • Maryland Casualty Building, of the Maryland Casualty Company, (1912), (also known as "The Tower Building" with landmark rooftip clock), 400 block East Baltimore Street at Holliday Street, (northwest corner), Baltimore, Maryland, razed early 1980's, a parking lot still exists.

As Parker, Thomas & Rice