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John C. Smith

SMITH, John C., architect, was born in the city of Manchester, England, December 11, 1855. Here he was educated and reared to manís estate. Here he also studied architecture. He resided here till 1885, when he left his native land and came to America. After several yearsí residence in New York City, Chicago, and other large cities of the United States, he located at Harrisburg in 1885, where for the past ten years he has successfully followed his profession. He was married at Pottsville, Pa., in 1885, to H. Laura Jenkins. To them has been born one son, named Edward. Mr. Smith stands at the head of his profession in Harrisburg. This position he has won by the exertion of his native ability, and by the exercise of his skill attained by years of close study and practical application of the principles of his art. He has displayed marked originality in dealing with the ever-varying problems and requirements of architecture. He has not only kept up with the advancement of his art in this country, but has also contributed his full share to its development and progress, as he has labored to emphasize and harmonize its three cardinal elements of beauty, utility and stability. He is not only an artist, he is also a business man, and ins a good exponent of his art, which is the most important of all the arts, since it seeks to combine the beautiful and the useful in the most practical way for the highest ends. His style is pure, chaste and symmetrical, and his methods of materializing his plans are direct, accurate and practical. His aim is always to secure the best results within the limits of estimates; to this end his computations are accurate, his specifications are specific and complete, and his supervision of contractors and builders is business-like and close in all details. He is devoted to his profession and has been successful. He has designed the plans and superintended the erection of some of the handsomest and most substantial public and private edifices of the city. His work as to both exterior appearance and interior finish is found to meet the demands of popular taste, and compel the favorable judgment of experts and critics. Hence as man and as architect he enjoys the highest confidence of his fellow-citizens.

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