Manly N. Cutter

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Manly N. Cutter (1851 - 1931)[1] was an architect and interior designer[2][3] associated with work in New Jersey, Boston, New York City, the state of New York, and Alberta, Canada. He is credited with the design of the National Register of Historic Places listed Saint John's Episcopal Church (Ocean Springs, Mississippi) and Church of the Transfiguration (Blue Mountain Lake, New York). He also designed the picturesque Gothic architecture St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church on Broadway in New York City[dubious ][4] and a church in Medicine Hat (1913–14) in Alberta, Canada (interiors were later completed in 1932).[5][6][7]


Cutter was a staff architect for the New York Building Plan Company from 1886 to 1892,[8] designing plans for Colonial architecture and Shingle architecture homes.[9] He authored of their pattern book entitled The New York Building Plan Co. Illustrated Catalogue of Examples of Buildings in 1887.[8] His residential designs in the Shingle Style were published in the Inland Architect (Chicago) in 1893 and 1894. By 1909 Cutter had left New York and opened an office in New Jersey.[4][10]

With Alex R. Esty, he produced an unexecuted Victorian Gothic architecture design for the Library of Congress.[1] His work appears in The Architectural Sketch Book during the 1870s as a delineator for Esty and others and as an architect.[1] He moved to New York to work for Leopold Eidlitz and others.[1] He designed an Japanese style room in the house of K. G. Marquand on Madison Avenue and 60th Street in New York city.[11] also credited as an Anglo Japanese style room for Henry G. Marquand.[12] His office seems to have been at 160 Broadway in New York City.[12] He authored a plan for fireproofing structures at low cost that came in for criticism.[13]

He died in Hawthorne, New York on April 4, 1931.[14]

The Church of the Transfiguration is made of spruce logs and was the area's first church. It is a small, one-story, gable-roofed building with a cross like plan on a high fieldstone foundation with a central belfry at the west end.[15] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.



  • Two Years Work in an Architect's Office: Suburban A.L. Chatterton & Company, 1894 - Architecture, Domestic - 204 pages


  1. ^ a b c d James F. O'Gorman (1989). On the Boards: Drawings by Nineteenth-century Boston Architects. University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 89. ISBN 978-0812281705. 
  2. ^ American Architect and Architecture, Volume 45 page 67, 68
  3. ^ Architecture and Building: A Journal of Investment and Construction, Volume 8
  4. ^ a b Manly N. Cutter Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada
  5. ^ (C.R., xxvii, 23 July 1913, 72; Medicine Hat News, 21 June 1913; 19 March 1914
  6. ^ M.B.V. Byrne, From Buffalo to the Cross - History of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary, 1973, 285-6, illus.
  7. ^ Barry Magrill, "Pouring Ecclesiastical Tradition into A Modern Mould: Reinforced Concrete Churches in Canada" in Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, xxxvii, Spring 2012, 3-15, illus
  8. ^ a b H.R. Hitchcock, American Architectural Books, 1962, Item 308
  9. ^ Building an American Identity: Pattern Book Homes and Communities, 1870-1900 By Linda E. Smeins
  10. ^ D.S. Francis, Architects in Practise New York City 1840-1900, 24
  11. ^ American Architect and Building News: 1887, Volume 21
  12. ^ a b Year Book of the Architectural League of New York, and ..., Volumes 3-7 By Architectural League of New York
  13. ^ American Architect and Building News 1899, Volume 63 page 14
  14. ^ Progressive Architecture - Volume 12 Page 379 Eugene Clute, Russell Fenimore Whitehead, Kenneth Reid Reinhold Publishing Corporation, 1931 (Architectural drawing Pencil Points for May 1911)
  15. ^ a b Church of the Transfiguration AARCH
  16. ^ "Saint John's Episcopal Church". 30.411474;-88.831360: 1987-04-20. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  17. ^ [ART REVIEW; Seeking the Sacred In the Adirondacks] By BENJAMIN GENOCCHIO July 18, 2004
  18. ^ Architectural Record, Volume 40 pages 157, vii
  19. ^ 2012 NYCLPC Landmark Designation Report
  20. ^ American Architect and Building News August 18, 1894
  21. ^ American Architect and Building News June 4, 1892
  22. ^ American Architect and Builder September 11, 1880
  23. ^ a b Ryerson & Burnham Archives Archival Image Collection Art Institute of Chicago (Originally from the Inland Architect and News Record)
  24. ^ Image No: PA-3689-1032 Collage of images of Catholic institutions, Medicine Hat, Alberta. ca. 1915 Glenbow Museum Archives

Further reading[edit]

  • The New York Building Plan Co.'s Illustrated Catalogue of Examples of Buildings: Their Exterior and Interior, Prepared Under the Supervision of Manly N. Cutter New York Building Plan Company, Manly N. Cutter Rand Avery Company, 1887 80 pages
  • Turn-of-the-Century House Designs: With Floor Plans, Elevations and Interior Details of 24 Residences (Dover Architecture)