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HYDE, Frank D. (South Paris, near Portland, ME, Mar. 21, 1849--Unknown). Hyde's parents came to Galena, Illinois in 1850; he spent his boyhood in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Hyde studied architecture and pursued his studies in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Chicago and Boston. (1)

Hyde was a charter (1885) member of the Architectural Association of Iowa, the Western Association of Architects (1884) and the Architectural Association of Des Moines. He was professionally committed to the education of architects and served as secretary of the national AIA. (2)

Victorian triplex. Photo courtesy: Old House Enthusiasts' Club House Tour, 1987

Hyde came to Dubuque in January, 1878, and took a leading role in the construction of many homes and businesses. These included homes of Jesse P. FARLEY, Charles Thomas HANCOCK, Benjamin Billings RICHARDS, and L. C. Bissell; plans for an addition to the Fourth Ward School; a Victorian triplex at 186 Bluff in Dubuque; and the German Evangelical Society church in Ackley. (3) He remained in Dubuque twelve years. (4) He was also the architect who planned a large hotel for the city of Allison in 1879. (5) In 1887 Hyde served as secretary of the Architectural Association of Iowa. (6)

Hyde moved to Chicago in January, 1892. (7) In 1906 he was the architect of the Leigh Valley Railroad Station in Rochester New York. The building is listed on the NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES. (8)



1. Oldt, Franklin. History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880, p. 814

2. Jacobson, James E. "Key Dubuque Architects, Builders and Property Developers," The Architectural And Historical Resources of Dubuque, Iowa, 1837-1955, June 24, 2003, p. 159

3. The Mandolin Inn-An Architectural Walking Tour of the Jackson Park and West 11th Street Districts. Online: http://mandolininn.com/blog-post-1/

4. Building Budget. Vol. 5, p. 92. Online: http://books.google.com/books?id=3N4-AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA92-IA2&lpg=PA92-IA2&dq=F.+D.+Hyde+%28dubuque%29&source=bl&ots=vg2PSLP3PV&sig=4meZpfXIyQd99yQI27YPTfunaSs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=5BIFU6iONIm9yAHc1YG4CQ&ved=0CDkQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=F.%20D.%20Hyde%20%28dubuque%29&f=false

5. Hart, Irving H. The History of Butler County. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914. p. 424

6. The Inland Architect and News Record, Chicago, August, 1887, p. 83. Online: http://books.google.com/books?id=MboxAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA83&lpg=PA83&dq=F.+D.+Hyde+%28dubuque%29&source=bl&ots=EhaagCptaE&sig=uuxLImSp58y4c1iy-wJtCRttFDs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uRgFU8yVIMKIyAGmkIHQCw&ved=0CCYQ6AEwADgK#v=onepage&q=F.%20D.%20Hyde%20%28dubuque%29&f=false

7. "Municipal Molecules," Dubuque Daily Herald, December 23, 1891, p. 8

8. "Leigh Valley Railroad Station," Online: http://www.rochester.lib.ny.us/rochimag/architectureOrig/AdaptiveReuse/LVRR/LVRR.htm