George P. B. Alderman
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Sacred Heart Church, New Britain CT
George P. B. Alderman (1862–1929) was an American architect who was very active in western Massachusetts and Connecticut during the late 19th and early 20th Century.
Childhood and architectural training
Alderman was born September 20, 1862. As a young child he worked on the family farm and as a carpenter, and also attended school in East Granby, CT. The family moved to Plainville, Connecticut, where he attended school for a year, then worked at country store. In 1879 his family moved to Holyoke, Massachusetts, where he worked with his father, a carpenter.
Eventually Alderman realized that he really desired to be an architect and to that end he entered the office of James A. Clough, architect, of Holyoke, where he worked for 5 years. He then moved to Chicago, Illinois where he found work in the offices of Cass Chapman, a prominent architect.
In 1885, Mr. Alderman returned to Holyoke and opened his own architectural office where he was later joined by his brother, Henry. The firm name was George P. B. Alderman & Company. The business was very active from the start building churches, schools and public buildings for a varied clientele.
Alderman’s son, Bissell Alderman was also an architect who attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and had a long and distinguished career serving many New England clients. The younger Alderman would also serve two terms as president of the Western Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Alderman was very active in civic affairs. He was a director of the Hadley Falls Trust Company, a trustee of the People's Savings Bank, and a member of the finance committee. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church of Holyoke, a member of the Holyoke Lodge of Odd Fellows, Mt. Tom Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and the Engineers' Society of Western Massachusetts.
- 1901, German Lutheran Church, Hartford, CT;
- 1901, German Lutheran Church, Terryville, CT
- 1903, Sacred Heart Church, New Britain, CT;
- 1921 St. Michael the Archangel Church, Bridgeport, CT
- 1887, Chapel for the First Congregational Church, Holyoke, MA
- 1893, unnamed church and chapel Holyoke, MA
- 1889, First M. E. Church, Holyoke, MA
- 1897, Willimansett School (Chapin Elementary School), Chicopee, MA
- 1898, French Roman Catholic Church, Willimansett section of Chicopee, MA
- 1899, German Lutheran Church, Holyoke, MA
- 1900, Endeavor Baptist Chapel, Holyoke, MA
- 1901, Holy Mother Dolorosa Church, Holyoke, MA
- 1903, Rodphey Sholem Synagogue, Holyoke, MA
- 1905, St. Jean de Baptist Church, Ludlow, MA
- 1908, Friedrich Block, Holyoke, MA
- 1912, Willimansett School -North Addition, Chicopee, MA
- 1921, Second Baptist Church Holyoke, MA alterations
- 1901, German Lutheran Church, of St. John, Port Richmond, NY
Alderman, Bissell. "American Architects Directory First edition, 1970 R.R. Bowker LLC" (PDF). Retrieved 23 January 2011.
- Western Massachusetts a history 1626-1925, extensive information on the Alderman family (Retrieved 31 March 2011)
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