In his work, Fresca arhitecților care au lucrat în România în epoca modernă: 1800-1925, Toma T. Socolescu noted that ”Toma Dobrescu had an extensive activity in constructions. He was a stout, unwieldy man, and a worthy successor of his father, Dobre, the guildmaster, from whom he had inherited his affinity for craftsmen, spending his time among them, and leading their guild for a long period. However, he was not intellectually inclined, and when it came to architecture he operated only with a visual understanding of what he had studied in school, and nothing more.”