Son of John and Bridget (Halvey) Sweeney, James Sweeney was born in New London, CT, and later conducted his architectural practice in that city. His father was a stone mason, and James Sweeney, like many architects of the nineteenth century, increased his connection with building by taking architectural courses in New York and then working with Cole & Chandler as a draftsman. By the end of 1888 he was in charge of their New London office and remained with them until 1893. After the untimely death of George Warren Cole in 1893 he assisted in finishing some of the work left in the office and thereafter continued working independently, contributing many buildings to New London architecture.
His was a general practice with building types including churches, schools, and office buildings. Further, he worked outside of New London with his Town Hall of Saybrook, CT, and the Flinders School in East Lynn, CT.
Sandra L. Tatman.
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