Thomas W. Boyde, Jr. is Rochester’s foremost African American architect. He was a master of Mid-Century Modern home design and did significant work designing buildings for communities of color and the low-income communities.
Many of Boyde’s projects no longer exist or have been severely altered.
The Preservation League of New York State is providing a $15,000 grant to survey his buildings, calling attention to them and hopefully preventing further demolition.
The money will enable the Greece Historical Society to hire Bero Architecture PLLC and preservation consultant Gina M. DiBella to complete this cultural resources survey.
GHS also received a $15,000 from the Rochester Area Community Foundation. In August 2020, the Rochester Area Community Foundation awarded a total of $177,450 in historic preservation grants to 14 organizations in its eight-county region, which comprises Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties.
Projects funded by the grants will lead to historic district designations or expansions, preservation of historic properties, preservation education through virtual and live programming, oral histories, and mapping of historic and culturally significant sites.
Photo of Fort Hill Terrace Apartments, designed by Thomas W. Boyde Jr. by Christopher Brandt.