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Tandy, Vertner W., Sr.

(born: 1885  -  died: 1949) 

Born in Lexington, KY, Vertner W. Tandy was the first African American to be licensed as an architect in the state of New York. He was well-known throughout the U.S. One of his local works is Webster Hall on Georgetown St. in Lexington. In New York, he was a designer on the Abraham Lincoln Houses and the housing projects on Lexington Avenue and 135th Streets, and his works included the St. Philip's Protestant Episcopal Church on W. 133rd Street. Tandy was also the first African American to be commissioned as an officer in New York during World War I. He was a 1904 graduate of Tuskegee Institute [now Tuskegee University], and a 1908 graduate of Cornell University School of Architecture. He helped found the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at Cornell. He was the son of Henry A. Tandy and Emma E. Brice Tandy, both Kentucky natives, and the husband of Sadie Tandy, born 1890 in Alabama. In 2009, a Kentucky historical marker was placed in the location where the Tandy home had been located in Lexington, KY. For more see Who's Who in Colored America, 1933-37; Biographical Dictionary of American Architects, Deceased, by H. F. and E. R. Withey; "Vertner W. Tandy," The New York Times, 11/08/1949, p.31; and M. Davis, "Fraternity puts its founder on map," Lexington Herald Leader, 09/15/2009, City/Region section, p.1.


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NKAA Entry: Howard School / Normal Institute / Chandler Normal School / Webster Hall (Lexington, KY)
NKAA Entry: Tandy, Henry A.
NKAA Source: The New York times (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Who's who in colored America; a biographical dictionary of notable living persons of Negro descent in the United States [1927, 1933-37]
NKAA Source: Biographical dictionary of American architects (deceased)
NKAA Source: The New York times (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)

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NKAA Entry:  Tandy, Henry A.
NKAA Entry:  Howard School / Normal Institute / Chandler Normal School / Webster Hall (Lexington, KY)

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