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Born: 1812, Died: 1900

Frederick C. Merry was an architect primarily associated with New York City, where he maintained an office for the last thirty years of his life. Born in England, Merry migrated to Camden, NJ, with his family while still a child. Where he obtained his architectural training is unknown, but Merry later claimed to have established his practice in 1858. He first appears in Philadelphia in partnership with James C. Sidney, and from 1861 through 1865 the firm of Sidney & Merry continued the work on Fairmount Park begun by Sidney while in partnership with Andrew Adams. They also designed a number of houses in the expanding Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. Merry, like Sidney, was one of the 19 signers of the application for a charter for the Pennsylvania Institute of Architects in 1861.

The Sidney & Merry partnership appears to have dissolved in 1865, and Merry is listed separately in the Philadelphia city directories in 1866 with an office at 520 Walnut Street. His obituary in the American Architect and Building News (17 March 1900) states that "for a time, he was principal assistant in the office of the late H. H. Richardson, in New York." by 1869 he certainly was working in New York City where, according to the obituary, "he executed many important commissions, among them being Chickering Hall, the New York Hospital and the Williamsburg Fire Insurance Company's Building . . . besides private and public buildings in other parts of the country."

Written by Roger W. Moss.

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