Born January 1, 1834, Buckingham, PA
Died July 4, 1876, unknown
The only known surviving buildings of architect Thomas Lester Cernea are in Bucks County. Among them are the distinctive former office building of The Daily Intelligencer, Central Bucks County's local newspaper, which is located on Main Street in Doylestown, and the Lenape Building, also in Doylestown. Cernea was the son of the prominent Bucks County physician, Arthur D. Cernea, one of the first signers of the constitution and by-laws of the Bucks County Medical Society in 1848. Thomas was listed in the Philadelphia city directories as an architect who first worked in the offices of Samuel Sloan and later at an address shared by Addison Hutton, B. Frank Leeds, and John Ord, a group of architects carrying on the Quaker tradition of working together. Cernea also painted and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1864 and 1867. His paintings were scenes of Bucks County.
Image: Thomas Cernea, Hannah S. Bunting House, 1874, Newtown, photograph by Sharon J. Baatz, 1995, courtesy of Jeffrey Marshall, Historic Preservation Program, Bucks County Community College