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Partners Amos J. Boyden and James Knox Taylor worked from an office in the Imperial Building at 411-413 Walnut Street from 1892 to 1897, but the partnership continues to be listed in Philadelphia city directories through 1898 and in Hendrick's professional directory through 1899. Although commissions for the partners are represented in the Philadelphia Real Estate Record and Builders Guide for 1892-1897, as early as 1893 Taylor had begun writing urgent letters to Jeremiah O'Rourke, Supervising Architect of the U. S. Treasury. In the letters preserved at the National Archives in Treasury Department Personnel Records, Taylor applies for a position as draftsman (5 September 1893) and a few weeks later (27 September 1893), having heard nothing substantive from O'Rourke, writes again, complaining that although he and Boyden have set up an office, "owing to the general financial depression we have not been able to secure sufficient business to enable me to continue here . . ." By 1 April 1895 Taylor has gained his wish, but he continues to appear with Boyden in PRERBG citations for another two years.

 

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