This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. Sidney was not only famous as an architect, but had considerable taste in landscape gardening;, and was well known in both these professions, not only in Philadelphia, but in many parts of the United States. When Fairmount Park was first projected, plans for its improvement were advertised for, and among a large number of skilful competitors, Mr. Sidney's were selected for the first premium, and he was subsequently charged with the execution of his plans. The east portion of the Park, and one of its most beautiful sections, is mainly his work, though through the many changes in management since his time the original plans have been somewhat modified. Mr. Sidney fell from the roof of his house to the street, on the 26th of April, and died a few hours after, in the sixty-third year of his age.
Mr. Sidney came to Philadelphia from England when a young man, and soon became well known as an engineer and surveyor. His map of twenty miles around Philadelphia was one of his earlier works. He was also Chief Engineer in the survey and construction of the Chestnut Hill Railroad.
Mr. Sidney's death affords a lesson of how soon a man's brilliant services may be forgotten by a whole community. Pew men possibly had more influence on the architectural and rural beauty of Philadelphia in the very recent past than Mr. Sidney, but so far as we know, the daily press of Philadelphia passed over his sudden death in a few lines notice, as in the case of one wholly worthless to the community:
"An inquest was held yesterday by the Coroner in the case of James C. Sidney, aged sixty-two years, the well-known architect, who, while suffering from an attack of vertigo on Thursday last, fell from the roof of his house, No. 1422 North Seventeenth street, and received injuries which resulted in his death."
In the earlier numbers of our magazine many excellent papers were published from Mr. Sidney's pen.