Frank Heyling Furness
June 27, 1912 at age 72. Buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA
- 1857: Apprenticed to architect John Fraser in Philadelphia
- 1859-1861 and 1865: New York studio workshop of Richard Morris Hunt
- 1864: Opened his own practice in Philadelphia
- 1867-1871: Joined John Fraser and George W. Hewitt to form Fraser, Furness & Hewitt. Fraser and Hewitt each left the firm later on.
- 1881: Partnered with Allen Evans. Other architects later joined.
Mansions by Frank Furness:
- 1874-75: Fairholme (Fairman Rogers house), Newport, RI (significantly altered)
- 1874-1875: Fairholme Carriage House (now Jean and David W. Wallace Hall), Salve Regina University, Newport, RI
- 1875 and 1894: Thomas Hockley House, Philadelphia
- 1879: Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May, NJ
- 1881: Dolobran (Clement Griscom house), Haverford, PA
- 1881: Knowlton Mansion, Philadelphia
Transport Stations by Frank Furness:
- 1886-88: Philadelphia Terminal, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Philadelphia (demolished)
- 1892-93: Broad Street Station, Pennsylvania Railroad, Philadelphia (demolished)
- 1887: Water Street Station, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Wilmington, Delaware
- 1908: French Street Station (Wilmington Station), Wilmington, Delaware
- 1908: Pennsylvania Railroad (now Amtrak), Wilmington, Delaware
Churches by Frank Furnesss:
- 1885: First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
- 1886: St. Michael's Protestant Episcopal Church, Birdsboro, PA PA
- 1897: All Hallows Church, Wyncote, PA
More Great Buildings by Frank Furness:
- 1872-1876: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
- 1876: Centennial National Bank (now the Paul Peck Center of Drexel University), Philadelphia
- 1889-90: Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, Elwyn, PA
- 1890: Baldwin School (built as the Bryn Mawr Hotel), Bryn Mawr, PA
- 1891: University of Pennsylvania Library (now the Anne and Jerome Fisher Fine Arts Library), Philadelphia
- 1892: New Castle Library Society building, New Castle, Delaware
- 1896-97: Merion Cricket Club, Haverford, PA
- 1907: Girard Trust Company Building (now the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia)
Furniture Design by Frank Furness:
- Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- University of Pennsylvania
About Frank Furness:
During his career, Frank Furness designed more than 600 buildings, mostly in Philadelphia and the Northeast USA. He became a mentor for Louis Sullivan, who carried Furness's ideas to the midwest. Architectural historians say that the influence of Frank Furness helped shape the Philadelphia School led by the 20th century architects Louis Kahn and Robert Venturi.
Furness co-founded the Philadelphia Chapter of the A.I.A. (American Institute of Architects).
Photos of buildings by Frank Furness are housed in the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania.