Roy Thomas Pryor

Personal Data

Roy Thomas Pryor was born on October 31, 1880, in Essex, Iowa, the son of William Cassander Pryor and his wife, Carrier Dell Snyder.

He married first to Maria Luisa Signorini (b. 1892-1893 in Italy).

He married second on July 16, 1928, in New York City, to Phoebe Miriam Pickering Jenks (b. 16Jan1895 in Boston; d. Mar1977 in Gleneig MD), daughter of Barton Pickering Jenks and his wife, Agnes Marie O’Leary.


By 1909, Roy T. Pryor was an architect in New York City.  In that year, he joined Palmer H. Ogden and Frederick G. Day in the firm Ogden, Pryor, and Day.  In 1915, he left the partnership to become an architect with Carrere and Hastings.

In 1917, he designed and built a home for himself, Villa Flora, in Dongan Hills, Staten Island, which was the subject of an article he wrote (“When an Architect Builds for Himself”) published in the December 19, 1917, issue of The American Architect.  The house was named in honor of his first wife’s family, which owned the Flora Hotel in Rome.

He continued to practice in New York City in 1935, but by 1938 had moved to Boston, where he continued to practice until the late 1940s.

Back Bay Work

1937 31 Marlborough (Remodeling)