Sidney R. Badgley was born in Earnstown, Ontario. His family later moved to the Niagara region of Ontario. His father was engaged in the lumber, general manufacturing and building business. Sidney Badgley began his career by making construction plans for his father's business. The family later moved to St. Catharines, Ontario, where he attended the Grantham Academy. He was married twice. He went to work in the office of Toronto architect R.C. Windeyer where he designed Massey Hall, a major concert hall. He later moved back to St. Catharines, where he served two terms as an alderman. After extensive travel in the United States and Canada he settled in Cleveland in 1887. His practice became known as prolific church architects. In Cleveland he was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Civil Engineer's Club. He was a firm believer in the union of Canada and the United States. In Cleveland he designed numerous churches including St. Timothy Missionary Baptist Church - 7101 Carnegie Avenue (1891), Pilgrim Congregational Church (1893), Scranton Avenue Baptist Church (1893), and St. John's Presbyterian Church on Murray Hill Road (1893). He was also the architect of the Georgian Revival style Jones Home for Children (1902) on W. 25th Street. From 1903 to 1913 he formed a partnership with William H. Nicklas. His buildings are found throughout the United States and Canada. In 1907 he visited Athens, Naples, Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Geneva, Cologne, Berlin, Paris and the British Isles. While he was abroad he made a special study of Old World Cathedrals. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He died at his home at Springbrook Farm in Willoughby, Ohio in 1917 and was buried in Victoria Cemetery in St. Catharines, Ontario.
The following are abbreviations used throughout the database
AABN – American Architect and Builders News (1876 – 1909) bp – City of Cleveland Building Permits (1889 – present) cd – City Directories mps – Mary Peale Schofield files – Western Reserve Historical Society Inland – Inland Architect Intestate – Interstate Architect and Builder (1899 – 1902) nd – no date NRHP – National Register of Historic Places OAB – Ohio Architect and Builder (1903 – 1909) OAEB – Ohio Architect, Engineer and Builder (1910 – 1919) ohi – Ohio Historical Inventory form PD – Plain Dealer