Mathias Shryock

Mathias or Matthias Shryock (born near Frederick, Maryland, 1774 – died in Lexington, Kentucky, 1833) was an early American architect and building contractor.

Life and career

Shryock was born in Maryland, where he married in 1798, but moved to Kentucky, eventually settling in Lexington. He built his family's home on the site of what is now Transylvania University.

In 1814 Shryock designed the first Episcopal church in Lexington, and later designed the home of Mary Todd Lincoln on West Main Street, among many other homes in Lexington.

He was the father of two other American architects: Gideon (1802 – 1880) and Cincinnatus (1816 – 1888), both of whom were born in Lexington and achieved fame in their own right, particularly within Kentucky.

According to one Kentucky Department of Highways plaque, the "[b]est known surname in Kentucky architecture is Shryock." In all, Mathias Shryock fathered a total of ten children.

Shryock died of cholera and is buried in Lexington, Kentucky.

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Gideon Shryock — (November 15, 1802 1880) was an American Greek Revival architect. Shryock was a native of Lexington, Kentucky, the son of a housebuilder and contractor, Mathias Shryock, who had moved to Kentucky from Maryland and who would father 10 other… …   Wikipedia

  • Cincinnatus Shryock — (Lexington, Kentucky, 1816 – Lexington, 1888) was an American architect. Life and career Shryock was born into a famous American architectural family. His father was the famous Kentucky architect and contractor Mathias Shryock and his brother,… …   Wikipedia

  • List of United States architects — A*Abel Oner *Julian Abele *Max Abramovitz *Constance Adams *Otto Eugene Adams *Dankmar Adler *David Adler *Charles N. Agree *Walter W. Ahlschlager *Gregory Ain *Harrison Albright *Chester Holmes Aldrich *William Van Alen *Christopher Alexander… …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Maryland — Marylander redirects here. For the train, see Marylander (train). The Flag of Maryland The following are some notable or famous people from the U.S. state of Maryland, listed by field of their endeavor. (This list may not include Federal… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.