Federal Reserve Bank, Crain Highway Monument
Howard Sill was born sometime in 1867 in New York. After working at various firms in New York City, Sill made his way to Baltimore. Upon his arrival, he entered a partnership with Riggin Buckler and George Corner Fenhagen known as Sill, Buckler, and Fenhagen. This firm would last from 1915 until 1921. Together they created projects such as the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, VA, where they had won a design competition. Sill would continue on in his own independent practice from 1921 until his death in 1927. Sill became a member of the AIA in 1907 before becoming Baltimore Chapter President in 1921. Sill would go on to become a Fellow of the AIA in 1926.
In 1922, Sill designed the 30 foot high Crain Highway Monument in Upper Marlboro which marked the start of the construction of Crain Highway. During his lifetime, Sill was involved in studying the history of Maryland. He would study colonial and traditional architecture, applying these to his designs of various homes in Guilford, including the Sherwood Mansion. Together with J. Hall Pleasants, Sill co-authored the book Maryland Silversmiths, 1715-1830, taking a look at the work of silversmiths in early Maryland. Sill was also the associate architect for the Baltimore Museum of Art with John Russell Pope, but died shortly after the commission was received in 1927.