Special Collections Department
James C. Fernald
Manuscript Collection Number: 365
Accessioned: Gift of the Moyerman family, 1973.
Extent: 7 items.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: April 1998 by Arthur Siegel.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
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The collection consists of only seven items, all blueprints of designs for row houses in Philadelphia, including floor plans, elevations, and details. Only one of the plans is dated, to 1906, though the remainder are likely to have been created around the same time. In addition, James Fernald may have had some professional contact with another Philadelphia architect, Charles Edward Rahn (fl.1885-1933). Several of the plans in the collection are for Thomas G. Birmingham and John C. Knox, who were both clients of Rahn, and both architects created designs that were very similar in style.
Sources:Gopsill's Philadelphia City Directory. Philadelphia: James Gospill, 1873, 1903.
Tatman, Sandra L. and Roger W. Moss, eds. Biographical Dictionary of Philadelphia Architects: 1700-1930. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1985.
F1 All of these blueprints are for Philadelphia row houses. The clients for only two of the plans have been identified: Thomas G. Birmingham, and John C. Knox (possibly of O'Neill & Knox). All of these items are stored in the oversize map drawers. Front elevation blueprint; inscribed in upper right "James C. Fernald Architect 5533 Wyalusing Ave., Phila.;" 11 1/2 x 16 3/4" Side elevation blueprint; 12 1/2 x 21" Green Lane, East of Ridge Ave. (2 copies) For Thomas G. Birmingham, builder & owner Plans of cellar to third floor, elevations, details blueprint; inscribed at top "James C. Fernald Architect 5533 Wyalusing Ave., Phila.;" 36 x 25 1/2" S.E. corner of 50th & Chestnut Sts. (2 copies) For John C. Knox, builder & owner Plans of cellar to second floor, elevations, details, cross-section; 1906 December 12 blueprint; inscribed at upper right "James C. Fernald Architect 5533 Wyalusing Ave., Phila.;" 34 3/4 x 23 1/4", 35 1/2 x 25" Plan of third floor blueprint; 21 1/2 x 11 1/4"
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