ALBERT LINCOLN ADAMS - Among those who have been active in the development of The Bronx through the business
of the architect and builder, and have now passed from the scene of their labors, leaving their work as a foundation
upon which others are building, is the late Albert Lincoln Adams, who for many years was engaged in the architectural
and building business. He received several prizes at the City College for the drawing and designing of dwelling
houses, and was known as one of the experts in his field in The Bronx.
Louis Adams, father of Mr. Adams, was a carpenter and builder, and for many years was associated with his son in
the construction of first class buildings, the son giving special attention to the architectural side of the work
and the father to the construction.
Albert Lincoln Adams, son of Louis Adams, was born in New York City, New York, October 21, 1875, and received his
early education in the public schools of that city. When his course in the public schools, including high school,
was finished he began the study of architectural drawing in Cooper Union, completing his course with graduation.
He was associated with his father in the building business for some time and then took the Civil Service examinations
and was appointed special building inspector in New York City, which position he efficiently filled for a period
of three years. At the end of that time he returned to his father's business, giving more attention to the architectural
side of the business than before, and that connection was maintained to the time of his death, which occurred February
25, 1923. He was known as a skillful architect and builder, and during the years of his active business life developed
a large and important patronage. His thorough knowledge and his architectural skill and taste, as well as his sound
business methods brought him the approval and the confidence of each new patron, and satisfied patrons always brought
new business. At the City College he was recognized among his associates as a leader in his line.
Along with his many business responsibilities, Mr. Adams found time for social and recreational activities. He
was captain of the Bicycle Squad of St. George's Episcopal Church of New York City, and was one of the most active
in promoting and arranging for races and "cross country runs" also in keeping up the enthusiasm and interest
and in bringing in new members of the club. He delighted in the healthful, out of door exercise himself, and was
conscious of the fact that the athletic and recreational interest was a factor in the development of social relations
and general interest in the church, and made the Bicycle Squad his special field of service. He was a man who attracted
to himself many friends, and as the years passed the constancy and loyalty of his friendship was most highly prized
by those who had known him longest.
Albert Lincoln Adams was married, October 12, 1898, to Elizabeth Cecelia Tunnard, daughter of Captain G. M. Tunnard,
of Jersey City Heights, New Jersey, and of Elizabeth (Bragan) Tunnard. Mrs. Adams received her early and preparatory
education in the grammar and high schools of Jersey City, New Jersey, the place of her birth, and then continued
study in the Teachers' Training School, from which she was graduated. She was engaged in teaching at the time of
her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Adams became the parents of the following children: 1. Mary AL, graduate of Horace Mann
High School and of Columbia University. 2. Elizabeth, graduate of Horace Mann High School and of Columbia University.
3. George Edward, graduate of Horace Mann High School and now attending Brown University. 4. Claire Hellen, a graduate
of The Collegiate School for Girls, now attending Skidmore School for Girls. 5. Louis, attended Horace Mann High
School, now engaged in business. 6. Albert, Jr., attending Westminster School for Boys, located in Simsbury, Connecticut.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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