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Thomas A. Clarke
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Birth: Nov. 3, 1878
Morris Run
Tioga County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 29, 1935
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA

Thomas A. Clarke was the son of Joseph Clarke and Mary Gilmartin. He was born in Morris Run, PA on November 3rd, 1878. T.A. Clarke went to Brooklyn sometime before 1900. His first address is listed as being 155 Monitor Street, Brooklyn. He worked as an ironworker with the address of 232 Kent St. The area was associated with a downtown section of Brooklyn, near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In 1903, he was listed as a contractor at the same address. In 1910, he is listed as a "builder" at 26 Court Street. In 1918, he lived in a large home at 176 Seeley Street.

Clarke was the father of public school construction in Brooklyn and one of the early developers of Palm Beach as a fashionable resort. He was president and director of the T. A. Clarke Construction and Engineering Co., the offices at 1310 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn NY.

Mr. Clarke, a prominent figure in building circles for more than 35 years, was responsible for most of the modern public schools in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. He also constructed the Halsey Theatre, Arcadia Hall, the Broadway Arena and other community centers. Mr. Clarke held considerable property on Long Island.

Sells Florida Holdings

In February of 1934 Mr. Clarke sold at public auction many of his valuable Florida holdings. Joseph P. Day, noted real estate operator, conducted the sale, which marked the largest auction of Florida real estate in many years. Most of the properties were undeveloped land and waterfront lots. The St. Lucie acreage, a 56-mile tract north of Palm Beach, also went under the hammer. The luxurious Palm Beach Hotel, built by Mr. Clarke in 1926 was retained.

Other parcels were plots in Primavera, Sunrise Addition, Elcanto, Bungalow Park, Shoreacres, Military Park, oceanfront lots at Delray Beach and Boynton, waterfront and inland lots in West Palm Beach and ocean frontage at Jupiter.

Builds Hotel, Post Office

Mr. Clarke had been going to Palm Beach since 1916. Beside the Palm Beach Hotel, he constructed the Palm Beach Post Office and a magnificent home where he lived in the winter with his family. Mr. Clarke also maintained a summer home at Northport.

Clarke Buildings that Became National Landmarks

His Palm Beach Hotel , which he constructed, is listed listed on the National Register of Historic Places. P.S. 66 in Richmond Hill, NY is also a candidate for Landmark Status.

He died in his home, 176 Seely St., after a brief illness. Surviving were his wife, the former Leonora Desmond and four children. Mr. Clarke's eldest daughter, Anna, was married to Frank Colgan, a Brooklyn lawyer and a son of George A. Colgan, former Boxing Commissioner and Deputy Markets Commissioner.

The funeral was held at his home, then on to the R. C. Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, where a solemn requiem mass was offered. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery was directed by E. F. Higgins.

Holy Cross Cemetery
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
Plot: St. Agustine, Range 17, Plot 17
GPS (lat/lon): 40.38, 73.56
Created by: Dan Gilmartin
Record added: Dec 28, 2008
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