Allison, Walter



Allison, Walter


Walter Allison was a master builder of Philadelphia elected to the Carpenters' Company in 1853. Allison was partnered with George Brown, another member of the Carpenters' Company elected in 1853. Allison worked with Brown on the now demolished Smythe building at 101-105 Arch street. Unlike Brown who died in 1860, Allison lived until 1889 and served in multiple official positions for the Carpenters' Company including many terms on the Managing Committee and Book Prices Committee in the 1860s, 1870s and 1880s. He also served as a Warden (1857-59), Vice President (1877) and President (1878).

Biography from the Philadelphia Architects and Building, a project of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Written by Tom Stokes. 

Member Number


Last Name


First Name


Deceased Date


Date Elected


Office Held

President, 1878
Vice President, 1877
Warden, 1857-59

Committee Membership

Book Prices Committee, 1863-65,74-87
Managing Committee, 1860-62,65-67,69-71,73-75,86,87

Business Address

31 Montgomery St. (CD) (1840)


Smythe Bldg., 101-105 Arch St. (demolished, facade


Carpenters' Co. Minutes-1876-292 Communication from Walter Allison relating to his resignation from Managing Committee ----------------------- City Directory - 1840 - Walter Allison, carpenter, 31 Montgomery. 1845 - Walter, carpenter, St. Joseph's Ave. 1850 - Walter, carpenter, 18 Chancellor West (of) Schuylkill 7th. 1854 - Walter, carpenter, 18 Chancellor West (of) 16th. ----------------------- City Records D.C. Liens book #402 (see item under George Brown, his partner) City Records D.C. Liens book #405 (see Geo. Brown) City Records D.C. Liens book #405 (see William Eyre) ----------------------- "Philadelphia Preserved" Page 98. Built by "Brown and Allison, carpenters". Front dismantled and stored by Fairmount Park Commission.

Grantor Records Notes

More listings for William and William, Jr., than Walter.