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Arland Augustus Dirlam


Arland Augustus Dirlam, American architect. Recipient distinguished service key Tufts College, J. Harleston Parker gold medal Boston Society Architects, 1952, 1st prize Religious Arts Guild American Unitarian Association, honorable mention award Church Architectural Guild American, 1954. Corporation member Open Church Foundation.


Dirlam, Arland Augustus was born on October 17, 1905 in Somerville, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Frederick William and Lena Scafe (Charlton) Dirlam.


Bachelor of Science, Tufts, 1926, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1953, Master in Architecture, Harvard, 1929, traveling fellow, 1929-1930. Special courses Ecole des Beaux Arts, American Academy Rome: Doctor Fine Arts (honorary), Simpson College, 1968. Doctor of Laws, Union College, 1972.


July 1966); married second, Grace Raymond Baker, October 27, 1967. Architect, Massachusetts, 1931-1979, specializing church and college architecture. President Arland A. Dirlam, Inc., Boston, 1956-1979.

Projects include Gordon College and Divinity School, Wenham (Massachusetts) Library, also buildings for Tufts University, University N.H., Colby Junior College, Lawrence Academy, Green Mountain Junior College, Interfaith Chapel for Mentally Ill at Warren (Pennsylvania) Eastern State Hospital. Designed War Memorial Tower at Cathedral Pines. Lecturer architecture Boston University, Institute Social and Religious Studies New York.

Technical adviser bureau church building National Council Churches Christ American. Director Wesleyan Association. Corporate member Morgan Memorial Director Marblehead Trust Company Board of directors Marblehead Scholarship Foundation.

Trustee, incorporator New England Deaconess Hospital, New England Baptist Hospital. Trustee Union College, Barbourville, Kentucky Registered architect, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Iowa, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, N.H., New York, Virginia.


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Served as Lieutenant commander of The United States Navy Reserve, World World War II. Member Foreign Liquidations Commission, 1945. Fellow International Institute Arts and Letters.

Member American Society Church Architecture (director), American International Assurance, Church Architectural Guild American (director, past president), Boston Society Architects, Massachusetts Association Architects, Beaux Arts Institute Design, Marblehead History Society (director), Marblehead Arts Association (Vice-President), Newcomen Society, American Arbitration Association, Alpha Tau Omega, Tau Beta Pi. Mason (33 degree).; Clubs: Harvard, Boston Tufts (past president), Boston Yacht (Boston).


Married Catherine V. Price, December 16, 1933 (deceased.; married second, Grace Raymond Baker, October 27, 1967.

Frederick William Dirlam

Lena Scafe (Charlton) Dirlam

Catherine V. Price

Grace Raymond Baker