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Chiefly known as an architect operating in New York and New Jersey, Charles Graham (also C. Graham & Son, with Thomas Graham) appears in New York city directories from 1883 through 1893. Much of his work can be found in New Jersey, and it is possible that the Trenton "C. G. Graham" noted by George T. Pearson for office training is the same Graham. Making all of this less clear is an advertisement from 1871 for C. Graham & Son, Architects, Elizabeth, NJ, for a design for slate patterns to be applied to roofs. (The photocopy of this advertisement is in The Athenaeum biography file for Graham.)

According to the National Register Nomination form for Simpson United Methodist Church, Perth Amboy, NJ, Graham began as a "stair builder and house trimmer" around 1852; however, by 1883 he had made the transition to architect/builder. Also attributed to Graham in New Jersey are the First Presbyterian Church (Newton, Sussex Co.), William Demarest House (New Brunswick), and First Reformed Dutch Church (Bayonne).

Written by Sandra L. Tatman.

 

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