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D. Knickerbacker Boyd

architect , structural standardist.

D. Knickerbacker Boyd, American architect, structural standardist.


Boyd, D. Knickerbacker was born on January 5, 1872 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of David, Junior, and Alida Visscher (Knickerbacker) B.


Educated Friends’ Central School, Rugby Academy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy Fine Arts, Spring Garden Institute, Philadelphia, and University of Pennsylvania.


Practiced Philadelphia since 1892. Designer Carnegie Library Building, Philadelphia, chs., factories, apartment buildings, schools and suburban homes. Lecturer and writer on construction economics, architectural adviser Structural Service Bureau.

Consultant on building codes, zoning, production and application of building materials and on informational publications. During World War, chief materials information section, United States Housing Corporation, unites states department of Labor and representative on War Industries Board. Editor Structural Service Book, Journal American International Assurance.


  • Editor Structural Service Book, Journal A.I.A.


Member correlating commission on legislation and administration of President’s Conference on Home Building and Home Ownership. Fellow American Institute Architects (ex-secretary, executive president). Member coms. on building regulations and on public information and civilian defense of Philadelphia chapter American International Assurance.

Member Philadelphia committee Better Homes in America. Member Executive Committee Zoning Federal of Philadelphia. Member Architectural League of New York, American Federation of Arts (ex-director), National Education Association, Philadelphia Housing Association, Regional Plan of Philadelphia (advisory committee), Committee to Revise Building Code of Philadelphia, Civil Legion, War Industries Board Association, S.R. (Chairman of Commission on protection of historic buildings), Independence Hall Association (executive secretary), Netherlands Society, Society of Cincinnati of Pennsylvania.

Club: T Square (Philadelphia).


Married Elizabeth Hörnli Mifflin, September 10, 1896. Children: Barbara Mifflin (Mistress.

David Boyd

Alida Visscher (Knickerbacker) Boyd

Elizabeth Hörnli Mifflin

Barbara Mifflin (Mrs Boyd