T. A. Clarke Dies, Noted As Builder Of Boro Schools
Contractor and Land Developer Also Erected Palm
Beach Hotels & P. O.
Thomas A. Clarke, father of public school construction in Brooklyn and one
of the early developers of Palm Beach as a fashionable resort died
yesterday in his home, 176 Seely St., after a brief illness. He was
president and director of the T. A. Clarke Construction and Engineering
Co., the offices at 1310 Bedford Avenue.
Mr. Clarke, a prominent figure in building circles for more than 35 years,
was responsible for most of the modern public schools in this borough.
He also constructed the Halsey Theatre, Arcadia Hall, the Broadway Arena
and other community centers. Mr. Clarke held considerable property on
Sells Florida Holdings
Last February, Mr. Clarke sold at public auction many of his valuable
Florida holdings. Joseph P. Day, noted real estate operator, conducted
the sale, which marked the largest auction of Florida real estate in
many years. Most of the properties were undeveloped land and waterfront
lots. The St. Lucie acreage, a 56-mile tract north of Palm Beach, also
went under the hammer. The luxurious Palm Beach Hotel, built by Mr.
Clarke in 1926 was retained.
Other parcels were plots in Primavera, Sunrise Addition, Elcanto, Bungalow
Park, Shoreacres, Military Park, oceanfront lots at Delray Beach and
Boynton, waterfront and inland lots in West Palm Beach and ocean
frontage at Jupiter.
Builds Hotel, Post Office
Mr. Clarke had been going to Palm Beach since 1916. Beside the Palm Beach
Hotel, he constructed the Palm Beach Post Office and a magnificent home
where he lived in the winter with his family. Mr. Clarke also maintained
a summer home at Northport.
Surviving are his wife, the former Leonora Desmond and four children. Mr.
Clarke's eldest daughter, Anna, is married to Frank Colgan, a Brooklyn
lawyer and a son of George A. Colgan, former Boxing Commissioner and
Deputy Markets Commissioner.
The funeral will be held Saturday at 9:30 A.M. from the home to the R. C.
Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, where a solemn requiem mass will
be offered at 10 A.M. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery will be directed by
E. F. Higgins.