Lewis Greenleaf Adams

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Lewis Greenleaf Adams
Born November 23, 1897[1][2][3]
Lenox, Massachusetts[1][3]
Died November 29, 1977[4][5]
New York Hospital, New York City[4]
Alma mater Yale University (1920),
Ecole des Beaux Arts (1926)[1][3]
Occupation Architect
Awards F.B. Morse Prize (1935)
Sherrill Prize (1936)[1]
Practice Principal in Lewis Greenleaf Adams, Adams & Prentice, Partner in Adams & Woodbridge, Mamfeldt, Adams & Prentice, and Mamfeldt, Adams & Woodbridge,

Lewis Greenleaf Adams, AIA, (1897–1977), was an American architect based in New York City who practiced in mid- to late-twentieth-century New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as part of the firms Mamfeldt, Adams & Prentice, Adams & Prentice (fl. 1929-1941), Mamfeldt, Adams & Woodbridge, Adams & Woodbridge (fl. 1945-1974), and under his own name at the end of his life (fl. 1974-1977), always based in New York City.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Born in November 23, 1897 in Lenox, Massachusetts[1] to Mr. and Mrs. William Adams of New York.[6] He had an older brother named William Jr.[6]

In a double-marriage ceremony on July 24, 1921, he married Emiline Kellogg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Kellogg of Utica, New York, and younger sister of Lois Kellogg who was married that same day to Philip C. Jessup, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wynans Jessup, of 20 Fifth Avenue. The double-wedding took place on the grounds of the brides' parents residence. Adams' best man was his brother William Adams Jr.[6] After which they moved to France for a few years. While there he focused his studies of European architecture. He and his wife had two children. A son, Richard Greenleaf Adams, born in 1923 and 4 years later they welcomed a daughter named Lois Kellogg Adams. They then moved back to New York sometime in the 1930s.

He was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant, Lt. Commander, and Commander, serving as a security officer of the Brooklyn Naval Yard from 1942-1945.[2]

In 1970, he lived on East 86th Street.[1] He was a veteran of both World Wars, serving as a commander in the United States Naval Reserve from 1917 to 1920 and 1941 to 1945.[1]


Adams attended the Groton School,[2] graduation in 1916.[3] earned his bachelors of architecture from the Yale University[2] in 1920.[1][3] There, he was a member of the secret society, Skull and Bones.[7]

He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1926.[1] He won the F.B. Morse Prize in 1935 and the Sherrill Prize in 1936.[1]

He was likely related to architect John C. Greenleaf, as that architect had offices in 15 West 38th Street, Manhattan, from as early as 1919 to as late as 1924, while the firm of Adams and Prentice, of which Lewis Greenleaf Adams was partner was established at that address in 1929.[8]

Architectural career[edit]

Adams joined the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter in 1931.[1]

He was licensed in New York (1929), Connecticut (1933), New Jersey (1931), and nationally as NCARB (1940) [2]

Within the AIA, he was the chairman of the Unification Committee in 1941, the B.A.I.D. Trustee, Director, and a trustee, president of the Diplome Society. He was a member of the Architectural League.[2]

Adams commenced his practice in 1929, that year forming the firm of Adams & Prentice from 1929 to 1941, which shortly became the firm of Mamfeldt, Adams & Prentice and briefly Mamfeldt, Adams & Woodbridge in the early 1930s. Adams continued those firms merging with Frederick James Woodbridge the sole partner of Evans, Moore & Woodbridge in 1945 to form the firm of Adams & Woodbridge.[1][2][3] Adams & Woodbridge estimated in 1953 to be “about 100 residences and alterations.” [3]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Lewis Greenleaf Adams" American Architects Directory, Third Edition (New York City: R.R. Bowker LLC, 1970), p.5.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Questionnaire for Architects’ Roster and/or Register of Architects Qualified for Federal Public Works [1] April 30, 1946.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Questionnaire for Architects’ Roster and/or Register of Architects Qualified for Federal Public Works [2] February 27, 1953.
  4. ^ a b "Lewis Greenleaf Adams, Headed Architects Group". New York Times. Dec 1, 1977. 
  5. ^ Anthony Baker, Robert B. MacKay, Carol A. Traynor, eds. with forward by Brendan Gill, Long Island Country Houses and Their Architects, 1860-1940 (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1997), pp.96-97 (ISBN 0393038564)
  6. ^ a b c "Misses Kellogg Wed," New York Times 25 July 1921 (Retrieved 25 April 2011)
  7. ^ Millegan, Kris (2003). "The Skeleton Crew". Fleshing Out Skull and Bones: Investigations into America's Most Powerful Secret Society. Walterville, OR: Trine Day. pp. 597–690. ISBN 0-9720207-2-1.  "This list is compiled from material from the Order of Skull and Bones membership books at Sterling Library, Yale University and other public records. The latest books available are the 1971 Living members and the 1973 Deceased Members books. The last year the members were published in the Yale Banner is 1969."
  8. ^ Office for Metropolitan History, "Manhattan NB Database 1900-1986," (Accessed 15 Apr 2011).