William Henry Miller (architect)

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William Henry Miller (1848–1922) was an American architect and the first student of the architecture school at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.[1]

Born in 1848 in Trenton, New York, Miller graduated from Cornell in 1872. Four years later, he married Emma Halsey of Ithaca.

He was the foremost architect in Ithaca and for Cornell for many years, designing over seventy buildings on and off campus including 9 fraternity houses.[2] Among his buildings for Cornell were the President's House, Barnes Hall, University Library, Boardman Hall, infirmaries, and Prudence Risley Hall. Among the fraternity houses were Deke House, Sigma Chi's chapter house, Chi Phi Lodge, and two former mansions: "Greystone Mansion," originally owned by silent movie actress Irene Castle, and the Jennie McGraw-Willard Fiske mansion, modeled on a French chateau, which became the Chi Psi fraternity house and burned down in 1906.[3][4] In Ithaca, he also designed the Elizabeth Van Cleef and Robert Treman estates,[5] the Jane McGraw mansion (1878),[6] the Edward G. Wyckoff mansion in Cornell Heights,[7] the old Ithaca High School building (now Dewitt Mall), Cascadilla School, the Stewart Street School, the Savings Bank, the Congregational, Baptist and Unitarian churches, and many other public and private buildings.[8]

Among his non-Ithaca buildings were the main building of Wells College in Aurora, New York, the Toutorsky Mansion in Washington, D.C., a villa on Carleton Island for Wyckoff's father, the typewriter magnate William O. Wyckoff,[9] and Iviswold (1889) for David Brinkerfhoff Ivison, designed as an expansion of the Floyd W. Tomkins House in Rutherford, N.J.[10] Iviswold is now part of the Rutherford campus of Felician College. Miller also designed two mansions on Rochester, New York's East Avenue (The Avenue of the Presidents) at 800 for Dr. John W. Whitbeck in 1887 and at 963 for Francis A. Macomber in 1888.

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Henry Miller Inn: About , Ithaca, NY. Accessed 2008-10-09
  2. ^ Blake Gumprecht, The American College Town, Amherst: University of Massachusetts, 2008, ISBN 978-1-55849-813-6, p. 80.
  3. ^ Morris Bishop, A History of Cornell, Ithaca, New York: Cornell University, 1962, p. 422.
  4. ^ Oscar Diedrich von Engeln, At Cornell, Ithaca, New York: Artil, 1909, pp. 127-28.
  5. ^ "City of Ithaca: University Hill Historic District". Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  6. ^ Carol U. Sisler, Margaret Hobbie, and Jane M. Dieckmann, Ithaca's Neighborhoods: The Rhine, the Hill, and the Goose Pasture, Ithaca, New York: DeWitt Historical Society of Tompkins County, 1988, ISBN 0-942690-37-0, pdf at Tompkins County Public Library p. 80.
  7. ^ Sisler, Hobbie, and Dieckmann, pdf pp. 179-80.
  8. ^ Poole, Murray Edward (1916). A Story Historical of Cornell University. Ithaca, New York: Cayuga Press. p. 150. 
  9. ^ History, thecarletonislandvilla.com, Paul Malo.
  10. ^ The Castle within the Borough of Rutherford. Retrieved 2010-01-23.

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