Rochester's Roots: Meet the architect who designed the Strathallan Hotel

February 22, 2019 08:43 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) - News10NBC celebrates Black History Month by honoring people and places that have paved the way for many in the Rochester area. 

Thomas Wilson Boyde Jr. built a life in Rochester, becoming the City's first black architect.

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His impressive creations can still be spotted in the city and across Monroe County. Boyde helped design the Strathallan Hotel, the Rundel Public Library, and the Monroe Community Hospital. Boyde was denied credit for nearly 60 years for his Italian designs on the exterior of the Monroe Community Hospital.

For several years, Boyde was contracted by Hart's Grocers to designed supermarkets and warehouses. A collection of Boyde's designs and tools are on display at the Rochester Museum and Science Center.


Ericka Wilson

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