John J. Carroll was born in Philadelphia, the son of John and Mary Ella (Coleman) Carroll. He graduated from Central Manual Training School in 1909 and received his diploma in architecture from Drexel Institute in 1912. In 1914 he enrolled in classes at the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art; in 1915, he received his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with Paul P. Cret and Warren P. Laird. It appears from information published in the American Art Annual (1924/25) that Carroll worked with John T. Windrim on Bell Telephone projects in 1914 before his graduation from the University. By 1915, the year of his graduation, he was associated with Tracy & Swartout of New York City on the Missouri State Capitol; in 1916 he was working on the Charles M. Schwab Estate development in Loretto, PA, with landscape architect Charles Wellford Leavitt.
The University of Pennsylvania Alumni Catalogue indicated in 1917 that Carroll was maintaining offices in both Philadelphia and Coatesville, PA, where he executed a number of projects, both residential and institutional. For this time in the Philadelphia city directories, however, there is no listing for Carroll; and he does not reappear until 1922. In that year, he is noted as an architect with his office in the Heed Building in Philadelphia. He continues to be listed in the city directories through 1929; but that is his last known residence in Philadelphia. By 1934, according to the University of Pennsylvania's Book of the School, Carroll was residing in Riverdale, NY; and when Koyl compiled his American Architects Directory in 1955, Carroll was listed in Brooklyn, NY.
Carroll was a member of the AlA.
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