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Born: 1/16/1884, Died: 2/1978

Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Thomas H. Atherton would eventually return there to establish an architectural firm. First, however, he would receive an A.B. from Princeton University (1906), carrying away a prize in architecture before going on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he gained a B.S. in 1909. Soon he was working as a draftsman for Carrere & Hastings in New York City (1910-1911), and then he moved to Buffalo, NY, to work with Townsend & Fleming (1911-1912). After World War I Atherton collaborated with Philadelphia architect Paul P. Cret to create Pennsylvania Battle Monuments and by 1929 was re-established in Wilkes-Barre to design on the Kirby Health Center (1929).

Atherton established his own firm in Wilkes-Barre in 1941, and was joined by James O. Lacy in 1943 to form Lacy & Atherton. They were joined by John W. Davis in 1945, expanding the partnership to become Lacy, Atherton & Davis. Atherton had retired from the firm and was living in South Carolina by 1970.

Atherton joined the AIA in 1928 and was named to the college of fellows in 1953. He was active in his local chapter, serving as president and secretary several times from 1928 to 1951.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman, and Emily T. Cooperman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter (AIA)

School Affiliations

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Princeton University


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