A Legacy Deferred: The Architecture of Thomas W. Boyde, Jr. Project

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This article originally appeared on the Westside News website.

The Greece Historical Society (GHS) sponsored a Cultural Resource Survey of The Architecture of Thomas W. Boyde, Jr., Rochester’s first African American architect. The project was funded by grants from the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the Preservation League of New York State/New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), funding from GHS and individual donations.

The project involved online and in person research, oral history interviews, creation of a database of Boyde’s projects, photography, and a focus on Thomas Boyde, Jr. in the context of mid-20th century African American architects.

According to the Greece Historical Society website, “Thomas W. Boyde, Jr. was a prolific designer of Mid-Century Modern homes and businesses, but also did significant work designing buildings for economically disadvantaged communities. The survey will help identify Boyde’s built work which spans across Western New York, including several houses in the town of Greece, and bring new appreciation to the work of this supremely talented architect who left a remarkable legacy in the greater Rochester area.” Read more...