Allen & Collens

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Allen & Collens was an architectural partnership of Francis Richmond Allen and Charles Collens. The partnership was formed in 1904.[1]:5 Allen had previously been in partnerships working from Boston, as Allen & Kenway (1878-91) and Allen & Vance (1896-8),[2] who executed Lathrop House (Vassar College) (1901) and Davison House (Vassar College), 1902.

It was a "leading Boston and New York firm" in the early 1900s. The firm was known for its Gothic Revival design work, and "[m]ost notable of the firm's works are the reconstructed Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park and a Gothic Revival hall at Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, New York.[3]:4

Works by the firm and its principal partners (with attribution) include:

Francis R. Allen died in November 1931, and Charles Collens, who continued to practice under the name Collens, Willis and Beckonert, died in September 1956.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b Larry E. Gobrecht (December 1986). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Canandaigua Post Office". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2009-06-14.  See also: "Accompanying 14 photos". 
  2. ^ Marquis, ed.Who's Who in New England 1915.
  3. ^ Kate Ohno and John Herzan (May 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: United Congregational Church" (PDF). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 5 photos, from 1983
  4. ^ "Central Presbyterian Church". 
  5. ^ "Cloisters Opened on Tryon Heights". The New York Times. May 11, 1938. 
  6. ^ "Architects File Plans For the New Cloisters". The New York Times. April 6, 1935. ("Plans of the Cloisters Building ... were filed yesterday by Allen, Collens & Williams, the architects.")
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  8. ^ "Architects & Craftsmen of Lindsey Chapel, Emmanuel Church, Boston". Emmanuel Church. 
  9. ^ "Ron Hazelton House Tour". Good Morning America. January 6, 2006. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  10. ^ Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  11. ^ "F. R. Allen Dead; Boston Architect". New York Times. November 8, 1931. 
  12. ^ "Charles Collens Dies; Designed Buildings Here". Hartford Courant. September 20, 1956. p. 5.