Sidney Talbot Strickland

Personal Data

Sidney Talbot Strickland was born on December 15, 1880, in Cincinnati, the son of Dudley W. Strickland and his wife, Clara Turner

He married on July 26, 1905, in Plymouth, to Elsie Rutan (b. 1880-1881 in Brookline), daughter of architect Charles H. Rutan and his wife, Sarah B. Brower.

Sidney Strickland died on July 10, 1954, in Plymouth.


Sidney Strickland graduated from MIT and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.  He served as an apprentice in his father-in-law’s firm, Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge.

In 1915, he formed a partnership with Alexander Francis Law, with whom he had worked in the offices of Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge.

In 1920, William Power Blodget became a partner in Strickland and Law, and the firm became Strickland, Blodget, and Law.  Blodget also had worked at Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge prior to World War I.

The firm designed hotels, apartments, stores, and residences, including the Ritz Carlton Hotel at 15 Arlington.

Strickland, Blodget, and Law dissolved in 1932, after which Sidney Strickland continued the firm in partnership with his son, Charles, as Strickland and Strickland.  Blodget and Law became sole practitioners, apparently sharing an office at 69 Newbury.

Back Bay Work

1927 15 Arlington [Strickland, Blodget, and Law]
1929 6 Arlington [Strickland, Blodget, and Law]