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Samuel Lapham


Samuel Lapham, American architect.


Lapham, Samuel was born on September 23, 1892 in Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Son of Samuel and Annie Grey (Souie) Lapham.


Bachelor of Arts, College Charleston, 1913. Bachelor of Science, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1916.


Samuel Peyre. Draftsman, Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, Boston, 1916. Designer Carmichael Construction Company, Akron, O., 1917, C. F. Warner Company, Cleveland, 1919. Partner Simons, Lapham, Mitchell & Small, architects, Charleston, 1920-1972.

Works of firm include: plantation house Chelsea, for Marshall Field III. Windsor for P.D. Mills. Post-office and post exchange, Parris Island.

Monuments, restorations, residential and educational buildings Partner, chief architect Housing Architects Associate and Housing Authority Architects, Charleston, 1935-1941, 67-71. Acting professor engineering College of Charleston, 1925-1926, 29-30. District officer South Carolina. historic American buildings survey, National Park Service, unites states department Interior, 1933-1942.


  • Author and editor: (with Albert Simons) Charleston, South Carolina., Volume 1 of Octagon Library of America Architecture, 1927. The Early Architecture of Charleston, 1970. Editor: (with Editor: (with Albert Simons) Plantations of the Carolina Low Country, 1938, 6th edit., 1970.

    Contributor articles to architectural and history publications.


Served with United States Army, Second lieutenant, CAC, 61st artillery, 33d artillery brigade, 1st Army Advertising Educational Foundation, France, 1917-1919. (Fellow) The American Institute of Architects (past president South Carolina. chapter). Member Building Council of South Carolina., Society for Preservation of Old Dwellings (honorary), Alumni Association of College Charleston (past president), St. Cecilia Society, South Carolina.

Society, Society Mayflower Descendants In South Carolina., Society Colonial Wars South Carolina. (deputy governor-general), Charleston Ancient Artillery Society. Mason.; Clubs: Charleston, Old Town, Carolina Yacht.


Married Lydia LaRoche Thomas, July 8, 1926. Children: Anne Souie Blevins, Samuel Thomas (deceased 1943), Samuel Peyre.

Samuel Lapham

Annie Grey (Souie) Lapham

Lydia LaRoche Thomas

Anne Souie Blevins Lapham

Samuel Thomas Lapham (deceased 1943)

Samuel Peyre Lapham