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Tallmadge, Thomas E. (Thomas Eddy) (1876-1940) | Lake Forest College Archives and Special Collections

Name: Tallmadge, Thomas E. (Thomas Eddy) (1876-1940)
Fuller Form: Tallmadge, Thomas Eddy


Historical Note:

Thomas Eddy Tallmadge, born in Washington, D.C. on April 24, 1876, attended Evanston (Illinois) High School (graduation 1894) and then Massachusetts Institute of Technology's architecture program (graduation 1898).  His family had moved to the Chicago area in 1880, and Tallmadge returned there and worked in the office of Daniel H. Burnham until Octover 1905, when he and another Bernham draftsman, Vernon S. Watson, formed their own firm, Tallmadge and Watson.  Tallmadge is known for two specialties, residences in the new regional priarie school or "Chicago School" as he dubbed it in 1908 (Architectural Review), and Gothic churches, having done his M.I.T. thesis project on a Gothic chapel.  In 1909 the firm designed the First Methoidst Church of Evanston and went on to deisgn over thirty churches.

In Highland Park, Illinois, Tallmadge designed at least three houses--one in the Chicago School mode, but the others in English Tudor (domestic gothic, half-timbered) and Mediterranean historicist styles.  Tallmadge's 1929 design for a renovation of the Presbyterian Church sanctuary follows his interests from thirty years earlier.

Tallmadge also taught at the Armour Institute, later I.I.T, from 1906 to 1926, the heyday of Beux Arts classicism in Chicago, and was an architectural historian of note, writing the first history of American architecture, The Story of Architecture in America (1927) and Architecture in Old Chicago (1941), both still useful sources.

Sources:

"Thomas Tallmadge," http://www.prairiestyles.com/Tallmadge.htm, consulted on September 1, 2012

"Thomas Tallmadge, 1876-1940," at "From Louis Sullivan to SOM: Boston Grads Go to Chicago," http://www.mit.edu/museum/chicago/tallmadge.html consulted on September 1, 2012

Note Author: Arthur H. Miller, Archivist, Lake Forest College library, amiller@lakeforest.edu



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