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Parris, Alexander (1780–1850). American architect. Self-taught largely through publications (e.g. those of Nicholson and Pain), he was also influenced by Latrobe (e.g. in the house (1811–13) for John Wickham (1763–1838) at Richmond, VA). His best works were St Paul's Church (now the Episcopal Cathedral), Boston, MA (1819–21—Boston's first large Neo-Classical building), the Faneuil Hall or Quincy Market, Boston (1823–6), and the Stone Temple Unitarian Church, Quincy, MA (1827–8). Parris was involved in the organization of the profession into the American Institution of Architects.
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