Walter, Thomas Ustick, 1804-1887

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Birth 1804-09-09
Death 1887-10-30

Biographical notes:

Thomas U. Walter was an architect. Born in Philadelphia in 1804, Walter began his career as an apprentice to his father in bricklaying and stone masonry. While working with his father, Walter trained in the office of William Strickland and attended the School of Mechanic Arts at the Franklin Institute, then under the direction of John Haviland. Walter rose to prominence with architectural designs that included Moyamensing Prison, Girard College, Andalusia, and Portico Row. In December 1850, Walter presented his designs for an extension to the United States Capitol. He moved to Washington, D.C. in June 1851 to begin work on the project and remained in charge until 1865. Walter was instrumental in organizing the American Institute of Architects and wrote two publications. He died in Philadelphia in 1887.

From the description of Architectural drawings, [ca.1857-ca.1863] (Winterthur Library). WorldCat record id: 84666044


From the description of Thomas Ustick Walter papers, 1860-1936. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981304

Architect; Philadelphia, Pa.

From the description of Thomas Ustick Walter papers, 1829-1887. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82844441


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