Patton & Fisher

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Patton & Fisher was an architectural firm in Chicago, Illinois. It operated under that name from 1885 to 1899 and later operated under the names Patton, Fisher & Miller (1899-1901) and Patton & Miller (1901-1915). Several of its works are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Firm history[edit]

The firm of Patton & Fisher was established in 1885 by architects Normand Smith Patton (July 10, 1852 - May 12, 1915) and Reynolds Fisher. The firm continued to operate under that name in 1899. In 1899, the firm became Patton, Fisher & Miller when Grant C. Miller became a partner. In 1901, Fisher left the practice, and the firm became known as Patton & Miller. Normand Patton was a partner in the firm during its entire existence from 1885 until his death in 1915. Patton was also a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.[1]

The firm has several works that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2]


Main Building of Armour Institute
Matthew Lafflin Memorial Building
Jacques Loeb Residence

The works of Patton & Fisher and successor firms include:

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  • Belmonte Flats (1893), 4257-4259 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., and 400-412 E. 43rd St., Chicago, Illinois (Patton and Fisher), NRHP-listed[2]
  • Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago[3]
  • Henry H. Donaldson Residence (1895), 5740 Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago[3][4]
  • Erie Apartment Building (1891), later the Hotel Dana Hotel, 666 N. State St., Chicago, built 1891, demolished 2006[3][5][6]
  • First Baptist Church of Hyde Park[3]
  • Reynolds Fisher House (1890), 4734 North Kimbark Avenue, Chicago[3]
  • Richard Norman Foster House (1892), 1532 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago[7]
  • Joseph H. Howard House (1891), 4801 North Kimbark Avenue, Chicago[8]
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, formerly Armour Institute of Technology: Machinery Hall (1901) and the Main Building (1891–1893), 3300 S. Federal Street, Chicago[3][9]
  • The Kenwood Club (1896), Chicago (Patton & Fisher with Charles S. Frost)[3][10]
  • Lincoln Park Zoo Headquarters (1893), formerly the Matthew Lafflin Memorial Building at the Chicago Academy of Sciences, 2001 North Clark Street, Chicago[3][11]
  • Jacques Loeb Residence (c. 1896), 5754 Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago[3][12]
  • Newberry Hotel (c. 1891), 817 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, demolished 1960s[5]
  • W. S. Walker Residences (1887), block of four houses on Ellis Avenue near 37th Street, Chicago[3][13]
  • Washington Park Congregational Church (1896), 129 E. 51st St. (originally 1010 E. 51st St.), Chicago[14]

Oak Park[edit]

  • Cicero Gas Company Building (1893), 115 N. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois[15]
  • William A. Douglas House (1893), 317 North Kenilworth Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois[16]
  • David J. Kennedy House (1888), 309 North Kenilworth Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois[16]
  • Walter Thomas Mills House (1897), 601 North Kenilworth Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois[17]
  • Pilgrim Congregational Church (1889, 1899), 460 West Lake Street, Chicago (south half by Patton & Fisher, 1889; north half by Patton, Fisher & Miller, 1899)[3][18]
  • John Rankin House (1891), 245 N. Kenilworth Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois[16]
  • Scoville Block (1899), 116-132 N. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois[15]
  • Scoville Institute, later known as Oak Park Public Library, Oak Park, Illinois[19]
  • Second Congregational Church, Chicago (Patton & Fisher; and Patton, Fisher & Miller)[18]
  • Richard S. Thain Residence, Oak Park, Illinois[3][20]


Eaton Chapel at Beloit College
  • Beloit College Academy, Beloit, Wisconsin[3]
  • Beloit College, Edward Dwight Eaton Chapel (1891-1892), Beloit, Wisconsin (renovations in 1938 and 1954 designed by Maurice Webster)[3][21][22]
  • Beloit College, Emerson Hall (1897-1898), Beloit, Wisconsin (Patton & Fisher), NRHP-listed (converted into a senior citizen apartment center in 1982)[2][23]
  • Beloit College, Scoville Hall (1889-1890), Beloit, Wisconsin (demolished in 1973)[24]
  • Beloit College, Smith Gymnasium Building, Beloit, Wisconsin[25]

Muskegon and Kalamazoo[edit]

Old Kalamazoo Public Library


Gardner Museum in Quincy

Patton, Fisher & Miller[edit]

Goshen Carnegie Library

Patton & Miller[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Finding Aid for the Patton and Fisher Records, c.1885-c.1908". Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. 2001. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Ryerson & Burnham Archives Archival Image Collection". Ryerson & Burnham Archives. 
  4. ^ "Woodlawn-University Avenue Documentation Architect Biographies". Woodlawn Avenue in Jeopardy. p. 12. 
  5. ^ a b "Resources related to Patton and Fisher". Art Institute of Chicago. 
  6. ^ "Chicago's Seven Most Threatened Buildings: Hotel Dana". Preservation Chicago. 
  7. ^ AIA Guide to Chicago, p. 290.
  8. ^ AIA Guide to Chicago, p. 426.
  9. ^ "IIT Main Building". Harboe Architects. 
  10. ^ "Kenwood Club, Chicago, IL, 1896, Original Plan". WorthPoint. 
  11. ^ ChicagoArchitecture
  12. ^ "Woodlawn-University Avenue Documentation Building Catalog". Woodlawn Avenue in Jeopardy. May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Our Illustrations". The Inland Architect and News Record, vol 9. May 1887. p. 64. 
  14. ^ "Washington Park Congregational Church". Ryerson & Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. 
  15. ^ a b Alice Sinkevitch (2004). AIA Guide to Chicago: Second Edition. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 331. ISBN 0156029081. 
  16. ^ a b c AIA Guide to Chicago, p. 341.
  17. ^ AIA Guide to Chicago, p. 338.
  18. ^ a b AIA Guide to Chicago, p. 332.
  19. ^ "Scoville Institute, now Oak Park Public Library, Oak Park, Illinois". Library of Congress. 
  20. ^ AIA Guide to Chicago, p. 329.
  21. ^ "Edward Dwight Eaton Chapel". Beloit College. 
  22. ^ Elaine Barreca (March 1992). "Tolling a Century: Eaton Chapel Celebrates Its 100th Birthday". Beloit Magazine. 
  23. ^ "Emerson Hall". Beloit College. 
  24. ^ "Scoville Hall". Beloit College. 
  25. ^ "Smith Gymnasium Building". Beloit College. 
  26. ^ Tom Carlson. "Hackley Library". Lakeshore Museum. 
  27. ^ "Hackley Manual Training School". Hackley Public Library. 
  28. ^ "Kalamazoo Public Library History". Kalamazoo Public Library. 
  29. ^ "Visitors Guide to the Gardner Museum of Architecture and Design". 
  30. ^ "James W. Ridgway Residence". Ryerson & Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. 
  31. ^ "Historical Building Information". Carleton College. 
  32. ^ "Williston Hall". Wheaton College. 
  33. ^ "Goshen's Carnegie Library". Indiana Historical Bureau. 
  34. ^ a b AIA Guide to Chicago, p. 418.