Joseph Evans Sperry

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Architect Joseph Evans Sperry was born in 1854 in Georgetown, South Carolina. He later relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, where he partnered with James Bosley Noel Wyatt to form the architectural firm Wyatt and Sperry. Their affiliation lasted from 1878 to 1887.[1] The two probably became acquainted while working in the office of Architect, E. Francis Baldwin, where he worked from 1872 until 1876.[1][2] With Wyatt, he designed a number of buildings around Baltimore before breaking off on his own. Sperry became one of Baltimore's leading architects, designing many public buildings, including churches, hospitals, and banks. In 1914 he was named an AIA Fellow.[1] Sperry also designed several buildings at Johns Hopkins University and one building at West Virginia University. Sperry's most famous building is probably the Emerson "Bromo-Seltzer" Tower in Baltimore. Sperry's buildings were designed in a variety of styles, but overall were eclectic. Sperry practiced architecture independently from 1888 until he died in 1930.[1]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d AIA Baltimore A Chapter History from 1870-2005, Charles Belfoure, pg. 91
  2. ^ Biography of James Bosley Noel Wyatt [1]/
  3. ^ "The New Home of Johns Hopkins University". Architectural Record. XXXVII (6): 481–492. June 1915. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  • Withey, Henry F., A.I.A. and Elsie Raburn Withey, 1956. Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased), (New Age Publishing Company, Los Angeles), 565.

External links[edit]

  • Biography of Joseph Evans Sperry, Baltimore Architecture Foundation [2]
  • Baltimore Architecture Foundation [3]
  • Baltimore Dead Architects Society [4]
  • Biography of James Bosley Noel Wyatt [5]