S. Gifford Slocum was born in either Leroy or Saratoga, NY, studied at Cornell University, and came to Philadelphia around 1887, remaining through 1890, when he established an office in New York city. He continued in New York at least through 1899, but by 1915 Slocum was working from Point Pleasant, NJ, from whence he wrote to the AIA resigning his membership.
According to Slocum's paragraph in Illustrated Philadelphia, "This popular architect was born at Saratoga, N.Y., where he now has a branch office, and where in the course of many years' practice he has designed and superintended many of the most handsome edifices in that fashionable summer resort." One of Slocum's designs in Saratoga Springs was illustrated in Artistic Country-Seats (v. 5, p. 181ff., 1886). In Philadelphia Slocum also specialized in the country residence, designing "Redstone" for George A. Heyl in Rosemont, PA (1888) and "Rydal Waters" for Gideon Stoddart in 1889.
According to the American Art Annual (v. 5) Slocum joined the AIA in 1887 and became a fellow in 1889.
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