Rochester's Roots: Thomas Wilson Boyde, Jr.

Created: February 22, 2021 11:33 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — News10NBC celebrates Black History Month by honoring the 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. 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. He was denied credit for nearly 60 years for his Italian designs on the exterior of the Monroe Community Hospital.

A collection of Boyde's designs and tools are on display at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. 

Learn more about Rochester's Roots here

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