James F. Boyle succeeds his architect father Rowland W. Boyle in an architectural practice which relies heavily on Catholic church projects. Prior to 1912, one year after his father's death, James F. Boyle had appeared in the Philadelphia city directories as a plasterer, an occupation shared by a number of members of the Boyle family. After launching his successor firm, Henon & Boyle, however, James F. Boyle apparently turned to the Drexel Institute evening program to round out his preparation since records indicate that he received his Certificate in Building Construction in 1914.
With partner Paul J. Henon, Jr., Boyle successfully continued his father's prolific Catholic church practice. According to Philadelphia Department of Records, Wills and Letters of Administration (#399), Boyle died intestate, leaving an interest in Henon & Boyle valued at $5463.28 in 1919.
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