Ambrose J. Murphy

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Ambrose J. Murphy (1869–1949) was an American architect whose practice was based in Providence Rhode Island. He was a specialist in ecclesiastical work and, in a career that spanned over 40 years, designed many buildings for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence Rhode Island and Fall River Massachusetts.

Ambrose J. Murphy[1]
Saint Paul Church, Cranston, Rhode Island.jpg
Saint Paul Church, Cranston, Rhode Island
Born(1869-07-12)July 12, 1869
DiedMay 27, 1949(1949-05-27) (aged 79)
Known forArchitect, partner in Murphy and Hindle, Murphy, Hindle and Wright and Ambrose J. Murphy

Early life and careerEdit

Murphy was born July 12, 1869, in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he likely was educated. He began his architectural career with his uncle James Murphy (1834–1907), an ecclesiastical architect in Providence, Rhode Island. After this he worked briefly as a draughtsman for Martin & Hall.

Architectural practiceEdit

In 1900 he entered into a partnership with Franklin R. Hindle to form the firm Murphy & Hindle. Benjamin W. Wright joined the firm, now known as Murphy, Hindle & Wright, in 1907. The firm was dissolved in 1917 after which Murphy continued to work under his own name.

In 1918 Murphy began working with Samuel M. Morino, who continued with him and eventually inherited the office after Murphy retired in 1942. Murphy died on May 27, 1949.

Personal lifeEdit


Ambrose Murphy began his long and distinguished career at roughly the same time that Charles Maginnis of Boston, Massachusetts, was beginning his. The younger Murphy was probably be greatly influenced by Maginnis's beliefs. His unique ecclesiastical buildings are said to be much admired locally and have found their way to some of the National Registers.[citation needed]


Immaculate Conception Church, North Easton, Massachusetts (1905)

with James MurphyEdit

Murphy and HindleEdit

Murphy, Hindle and WrightEdit

Holy Ghost Church, 472 Atwells Ave, Providence, RI

Ambrose J. MurphyEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Norton, Paul F. (2001). Rhode Island Stained Glass An Historical Guide. Dover, New Hampshire: William L. Bauhan. In this book Norton makes reference to many architectural firms that worked in Rhode Island.
  2. ^ NRHP
  3. ^ St Michael's 1859-1959 Centennial Book.