Philip Hooker

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Philip Hooker
Born October 28, 1766
Died January 31, 1836(1836-01-31) (aged 69)
Albany, New York
Nationality American
Occupation Architect
Buildings Hyde Hall, Albany City Hall, Albany Academy, North Dutch Reformed Church, Hamilton College Chapel, William Alexander house, New York State Capitol
Projects George Clarke house, Albany

Philip Hooker was an American architect from Albany, New York. He designed Hyde Hall, the facade of the Hamilton College Chapel, The Albany Academy, Albany City Hall, and the original New York State Capitol building.[1] He is believed to have designed the Gen. John G. Weaver House at Utica, New York.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[3]

An existing National Register of Historic Places building that he designed, with John H. Lothrop, is:

Two other National Register of Historic Places that are also National Historic Landmarks which he designed are:

Other notable buildings include:

  • New York State Arsenal (1799; razed)
  • St. Peter's Episcopal Church (1802; razed 1859)
  • New York State Bank (1803; portions of front elevation survive)
  • Bank of Albany (1809; rzed)
  • Mechanics and Farmers Bank (1811; portions reused in receiving vault, Glenmont)
  • Aiken House, Rensselaer, New York (1816)[3]
  • St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church (1829; razed)
  • Albany City Hall (1832, destroyed by fire in 1880)

He also designed many private residences for wealthy Albanians including the Van Rensselaers, Cornings, Pruyns, Lansings, William James and others. One mansion attributed to him and built for Samuel Hill, is now the Fort Orange Club at 110 Washington Avenue.

He was also a politician and a member of the "Albany Regency."[1]

He was originally buried in the State Street Burial Grounds in Albany; his body was reinterred in the 1860s at the Albany Rural Cemetery, in lot 12, section 49, in Menands, New York.[4]

Philip Hooker Grave Site
Philip Hooker Grave Site, "Died Jan. 31st, 1836, Aged 69 Yrs. 3 Mons. 6 Days, In Full Hope of A Blessed Eternity"

Two monographs have been written on Hooker's work:

  • Edward W. Root. Philip Hooker: A Contribution to the Study of the Renaissance in America (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons), 1929.
  • Douglas G. Bucher and Walter Richard Wheeler. A Neat Plain Modern Stile: Philip Hooker and His Contemporaries, 1796-1836 (Amherst, Mass.: University of Massachusetts Press), 1993.


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