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[Camden Free Public Library]  [Trustees of the Free Public Library of Camden]  Stephen  Warren Powers Laird Collection, Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania.  Local ID #: aaup.047.45.4
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Warren Powers Laird Collection, Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania.
Local ID #: aaup.047.45.4

Born: 1863, Died: 1953

Prolific Camden, NJ, architect Thomas Stephen was the son of Charles W. and Louise Streeper Stephen. He received his education in Philadelphia at the Spring Garden Institue and the Franklin Institute before studying for two years in Rome and Paris. By 1887 he was working in Camden as an architect, and he continued in that city until his retirement in 1938. According to his obituary, he resided in Merchantville, NJ, for 61 years. His architectural practice appears to have been a general one, including the design of the Van Sciver Furniture Warehouse, Camden (1896), the Central Trust Company Building, Camden (1899), and Trinity Baptist Church, Camden (later used as a recording studio by RCA Victory Talking Machine Co. after 1917 and later razed). However, Stephen also extended his practice into Pennsylvania, designing a number of residences in the Philadelphia area.

Stephen joined the AIA in 1901 and received emeritus status before his death.

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

Clubs and Membership Organizations

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)

School Affiliations

  • Spring Garden Institute
  • Franklin Institute Drawing School

 

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