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Male, US, born 1871-01-30, died 1945

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Gaggin and Gaggin, Architects

Professional History


Principal, Thomas W. Gaggin, Architect, Pittsburgh, PA, 1901-1903.

Partner, Gaggin and Gaggin, Architects, Syracuse, NY, 1902- .

A note in the New York-based Real Estate Record and Builders' Guide of 04/18/1903, noted that Gaggin and Gaggin was producing a design for a factory for the Merrell-Soule Company of Syracuse, NY. It reported: "Architects Gaggin & Gaggin, together with Irving S. Merrell, M.E., of Syracuse, N.Y., have completed plans and specifications for a new $100,000 factory which the Merrell-Soule Co. will build this summer on the Solar tract, near the West Shore station, Syracuse. The factory will have five stories and 55x140 dimensions. The stair and lavatory tower is 30 ft. square. The warehouse is three stories high and 75x165 in size. This building will be connected with the factory proper by a cleaning building, 40x50. One of the features of the building will be a thoroughly equipped lunch room for the employees. The contracts have been awarded to John T. O'Connor, mason, and Thomas Coon, carpenter. The company manufactures canned goods, jelly powders and mince meat. The entire plant will be newly furnished with modern machinery." (See "The World of Building: In Other Cities," Real Estate Record and Builders' Guide, vol. LXXI, no. 1831, 04/18/1903, p. 763.)


Instructor in Architecture, Syracuse University, College of Fine Arts, 1895-1900. Associate Professor of Architecture, Syracuse University, College of Fine Arts, 1900-1901. (See Alumni Record and General Catalogue of Syracuse University, 1899-1904, Vol. II, Frank Smalley, ed., [Syracuse: Syracuse University, 1904], p. 125).



B. Architecture, Syracuse University, School of Architecture, Syracuse, NY, 1891-1893, 1894-1895. Thomas W. Gaggin joined the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at Syracuse University, and remained active in the group over the years.

Like his brother and business partner, Edwin H. Gaggin (1866-1959), Thomas matriculated in architecture at Columbia University, New York, NY, in 1893-1894. He stayed here only one year, before returning to Syracuse University.

Thomas Gaggin also studied at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris, France.



Thomas Walter Gaggin was born in Erie, PA.

In 1901, he lived at 700 South Crouse Avenue in Syracuse.


His father was Richard Francis Gaggin, his mother, Gertrude Phoebe Gaggin. One brother was Edwin Hall Gaggin, with whom he worked in an architectural partnership for many years.


He wed Laura Belle McClellan Stannard, of Troy, NY, on 06/07/1906. (See Alumni Record and General Catalogue of Syracuse University 1872-1910 including Genesse College, 1852-1871 and Geneva Medical College, 1835-1872, Vol. III, Part I, Frank Smalley, ed., [Syracuse: Alumni Association of Syracuse University, 1911], p. 363 and Who's Who in New York (City and State), 1938, vol X, [New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1938], p. 404.)


He and Laura Stannard had at least one child, Richard Francis Gaggin II, (born 04/03/1909 in Syracuse, NY). This child was named for his grandfather. Other children included Gregory Hall, and Thomas Walker, Jr.

Biographical Notes

Thomas W. Gaggin became a very active member of the local Masonic community in Syracuse.

Member, University Club of Syracuse, 1903- .

Associated Locations

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