Male, US, born 1871, died 1942

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Lamb, Thomas W., Architect

Professional History

Building Inspector, City of New York, New York, NY, c. 1892; Principal, Thomas W. Lamb, Incorporated, Architect, New York, NY, c. 1911-1930s. The onset of limited capital during the Depression (and the over-building of movie theatres in the 1920s) led to a reduced number of colossal movie palaces commissioned by the main exhibitors. His office was located at 36 West 40th Street, Manhattan, New York, NY.

Lamb was one of New York City's leading motion picture theatre architects, having designed the Audubon Theatre and Ballroom (New York City, 1912, partially demolished mid-1990s) and Loew's Ziegfeld Theatre (designed with Joseph Urban, New York City, 1927, demolished 1966); he executed some of the more famous theatres in the Fox chain, including the massive, 4,000-seat Fox San Francisco Theatre (1928-1929), and also worked extensively for the Loew's chain; almost all of his work was located east of the Mississippi River.

Lamb's papers are stored at Columbia University, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, New York, NY.


Coursework, Cooper Union, New York, NY, c. 1890;

Associated Locations

  • Dundee, Scotland United Kingdom (Architect's Birth)
    Dundee, Scotland United Kingdom

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