Thomas Burke Simmons, 52, a Washington architect and a past president of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society, died of cancer Jan. 22 at his mother's home in Bethesda.
Mr. Simmons lived on Capitol Hill. His house there was built to his design in 1966 on a 30-by-116-foot lot that he purchased in 1962. Because it successfully combined the values of the 19th century with those of today, it received the unusual accolade the year after it was finished of a plaque from the Restoration Society.
In an article in The Washington Post in 1977, Sarah Booth Conroy said the building offered, "through miniaturization as intricate as a solid-state circuit, all the homey pleasures, including flower and vegetable gardens and a swimming pool." It also contained a garage, two rental units and an office for Mr. Simmons, all with separate entrances.
As president of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society in the mid-1970s, Mr. Simmons was active in efforts by residents to present the needs of their neighborhood to Congress, which has undertaken substantial expansion of the Library of Congress and other facilities in recent years.
Mr. Simmons was born in Roanoke, Va., and raised in Vienna. He graduated from Fairfax High School. He attended the University of Virginia and graduated from Cornell University with a degree in architecture. He later took a master's degree in urban planning at Harvard University.
From 1956 to 1959, he served in the Navy in the Mediterranean and the Pacific. After leaving the service, he practiced architecture in New York and Connecticut. He returned here in the early 1960s and from 1964 to 1971 he was an associate in the architectural firm of Keyes Lethbridge & Condon. Since then he had maintained a practice of his own.
Mr. Simmons was a member of the Committee of 100 On the Federal City, the Harvard Club of Washington and the American Institute of Architects. He published a number of articles and letters on architecture and urban planning in The Post and the old Washington Star.
His marriage to the former Angelina Solima ended in divorce.
Survivors include a son, Marco Solima Simmons of Washington, and his mother, Winifred B. Simmons, and a sister, Anne W. Southard, both of Bethesda.