Allen & Collens
Allen & Collens was an architectural partnership of Francis Richmond Allen and Charles Collens. The partnership was formed in 1904.:5 Allen had previously been in partnerships working from Boston, as Allen & Kenway (1878-91) and Allen & Vance (1896-8), who executed Lathrop House (Vassar College) (1901) and Davison House (Vassar College), 1902.
It was a "leading New York firm" in the early 1900s. The firm was known for its Gothic Revival design work, and "[m]ost notable of the firm's works are the reconstructed Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park and a Gothic Revival hall at Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, New York.:4
Works by the firm and its principal partners (with attribution) include:
- The Cloisters museum buildings, Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan (Allen, Collens & Willis)
- Thompson Memorial Library, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York (Allen & Collens)
- First Parish Church, 87 School St. Waltham, MA (Allen & Collens)
- Hartford Seminary Foundation, 55 Elizabeth St. and 72-120 Sherman St. Hartford, CT (Collens, Charles)
- Lindsey Chapel, Emmanuel Church, Boston (Allen & Collens)
- Newton City Hall and War Memorial, 1000 Commonwealth Ave. Newton, MA (Allen & Collens)
- Reformed Dutch Church of Poughkeepsie, 70 Hooker Ave. Poughkeepsie, NY (Collens, Charles)
- The mansion at Sonnenberg Gardens, the estate house of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick F. Thompson in Canandaigua, New York:5
- Union Theological Seminary, W. 120th St. and Broadway New York, NY (Allen & Collens)
- United Congregational Church, 877 Park Ave. Bridgeport, CT (Allen & Collens)
- US Post Office--Canandaigua, 28 N. Main St. Canandaigua, NY (Allen & Collens)
- Larry E. Gobrecht (December 1986). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Canandaigua Post Office". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2009-06-14. See also: "Accompanying 14 photos".
- Marquis, ed.Who's Who in New England 1915.
- Kate Ohno and John Herzan (May 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: United Congregational Church". National Park Service. and Accompanying 5 photos, from 1983
- "Cloisters Opened on Tryon Heights". The New York Times. May 11, 1938.
- "Architects File Plans For the New Cloisters". The New York Times. April 6, 1935.("Plans of the Cloisters Building ... were filed yesterday by Allen, Collens & Williams, the architects.")
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- "Architects & Craftsmen of Lindsey Chapel, Emmanuel Church, Boston". Emmanuel Church.
- "F. R. Allen Dead; Boston Architect; Designed Many Buildings for Williams, Vassar and Other Educational Institutions; Union Seminary His Work; The Andover Theological Group at Cambridge Also Built From Plans Made by Him". The New York Times. November 8, 1931.
- "Charles Collens Dies; Designed Buildings Here". The Hartford Courant. September 20, 1956. p. 5.
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