Griffith Thomas

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Dining room of the Fifth Avenue Hotel, 1859
Hotel Bristol at left, circa 1900

Griffith Thomas (1820—1879) was an American architect. He partnered with his father, Thomas Thomas, at the architecture firm of T. Thomas and Son.[1]

Architecture writer Christopher Gray called him "one of the most prolific architects of the period" (the mid-19th century).[2] The American Institute of Architects in 1908 called him "the most fashionable architect of his generation."[3] Many of his notable buildings are found in New York City.

Griffith Thomas was interred at Green-Wood Cemetery, in Brooklyn, New York in 1879. His own marble monument is simple in comparison to the ornate structures he built during his lifetime.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Correspondence: The Death of Mr. Griffith Thomas", The American Architect and Building News Vol. 5 No. 161, January 25, 1879, pp. 29–30. Online at Google Books.
  2. ^ "On Canal Street, a Sooty Survivor of a Grander Time", by Christopher Gray, New York Times, March 26, 2006.
  3. ^ Architectural Record No. 24, American Institute of Architects, p. 303.
  4. ^ Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery: New York's Buried Treasure, by Jeffrey I. Richman
  5. ^ "A New Metropolitan Theater—Pike's Opera House", New-York Tribune, July 1, 1867, p. 4, col. 6
  6. ^ New York: A Guide to the Metropolis, by Gerard R. Wolfe
  7. ^ "William H. Webb Dead" (PDF). New York Times. 31 October 1899. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  8. ^ The American Architect and Building News. 31 May 1879. p. 175. Retrieved 13 February 2018.

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