George William Roydhouse was born on the 8th March 1846 to parents Matthew and Elizabeth in Mount Holly, Burlington, New Jersey.
He was the first son and third child, with older sisters Rebecca and Janet.
He was a young child when both his parents died, his father died in 1851 when George was just 5 years old.
He married Ida Virginia McPherson in 1880.
They had three children:
Ethel Mae 1881-1940
Howard McPherson 1884-1955
George worked as a brick-layer , then became a contractor/architect of some note- earning him a place in a Notable Philadelphian’s article.
Roydhouse Bridge is a covered bridge in Oneida County which crosses Beaver Creek which is named after the builder.
Other projects, including 2 Railway Stations for Pennsylvania Railroad:
|Baldwin Locomotive Works Office Building
Client: Baldwin Locomotive Works
|office building||Broad St and Spring St|
|Charles W. Porter & Co. Office Building
Client: Charles W. Porter & Co.
|office building||Norris St.|
|E. K. Janney & Co. Factory
Client: E. K. Janney & Co.
|factory||Van Kirk St|
|Frishmuth Bros. & Co. Factories
Client: Frishmuth Bros. & Co.
|Harrington Machine Shop||factory||1640-1666 Callowhill St|
|Inquirer Building; The Elverson Building
Client: Philadelphia Inquirer
|400-440 N Broad St|
|North Philadelphia Station; Germantown Junction Station
Client: Pennsylvania Railroad
|train station||2900 N Broad St|
|Pennsylvania Railroad Co., Office Building; ING Direct; Pennsylvania Building
Client: Pennsylvania Railroad Co.
|Pennsylvania Railroad East Liberty, Pittsburgh, Train Station||train station||Pittsburgh City, Allegheny County|
Germanton Junction station opened in the 1870s and was known as New York Junction and Germantown Junction. A new station, which ushered in the Beaux-Arts style for large train stations, was built from 1896 to 1901 with the architect G.W.Roydhouse.
After a 1912–1915 enlargement, it was renamed as North Philadelphia. Despite several other renovations, its use declined in the mid and late 20th century; in 1991, Amtrak constructed a smaller replacement station across the tracks. The building was renovated once more in 1999 and is now used as commercial space.
Germanton Junction Railway Station-google image
Ida Roydhouse died in 1911, and a year later George married Annie Jenkins Kemp Ridgely.
At some stage he divorced Annie.
He was 88 years of age when he died at Hahnemann Hospital on the 10th November 1934.