Thomas M. Kellogg was born in Washington, D.C., and was the son of George Ward and Maria Elizabeth (Douglas) Kellogg. He graduated from the Laurel (MD) High School, spent one year at Baltimore City College and attended the special two-year course offered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. However, he did not graduate from that course; instead he left MIT in June, 1884. He had already spent some years as an apprentice in the office of Charles L. Carson of Baltimore and spent the summer of 1884 in Boston in the firm of Van Brunt & Howe. That fall, however, he moved to New York City and become part of the firm of McKim, Mead & White, thus rounding out his Beaux-Arts training. In December, 1891 Kellogg joined Philadelphian John Hall Rankin in establishing one of Philadelphia' s foremost Beaux-Arts firms, Rankin & Kellogg.
Both men had attended MIT's two year program in architecture, and it is assumed that they had thus become acquainted.. In 1903 the partners were joined by another MIT graduate, Edward A. Crane, whose recent work had associated him with the office of the Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury. From 1903 to 1925, Rankin, Kellogg & Crane operated in the Philadelphia area, and following Crane's withdrawal from the firm in 1925, Rankin & Kellogg continued until Kellogg's death in 1935. Kellogg was a member of the AlA and was made a fellow of the Institute in 1912 He also belonged to the Philadelphia Chapter of the AlA and the T-Square Club, for whom he served as president. In addition, he was a member of the City Parks Association of Philadelphia and the National Geographic Society. At least two European trips are documented for Kellogg, the first for six months in 1889/90 and the second for three months in 1905/06.
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- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Philadelphia Chapter, AIA
- T-Square Club
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
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