Augustus W. Holton

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Augustus W. Holton
Born 1850
Northfield, Massachusetts
Died 1911
Westfield, Massachusetts
Nationality United States
Occupation Architect

Augustus W. Holton (1850-1911) was an American architect from Westfield, Massachusetts.

Augustus Holton's father was a farmer and a carpenter, and thus Holton was apprenticed to carpenter Jonathan Turner of Keene at the age of 17. Circa 1870 he went south to Springfield, and west to Westfield in 1872. There, he worked for C. K. Lambson (carpentry), W. A. Johnson (organ manufacturing), and T. J. Green (masonry). He established himself as an architect in the early 1890s. He practiced alone for his entire career, until his death in 1911.[1]

Holton was also heavily involved in town and commercial affairs.[1]

At least two of Holton's works have been individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and several others contribute to listed historic districts.

Architectural works[edit]

Y. M. C. A. Building, Westfield, 1900.
  • 1892 - Southwick Public Library (Old), 475 College Hwy, Southwick, Massachusetts[2]
  • 1896 - Gowdy Bros. Building, 16-20 Arnold St, Westfield, Massachusetts[3]
  • 1897 - Robert B. Crane Estate (Sunnyside Ranch), 65 Sunnyside Rd, Southwick, Massachusetts[4]
    • Comprising a main house and several barns, now the Ranch Golf Club
  • 1897 - Prospect Hill School, 33 Montgomery St, Westfield, Massachusetts[1]
  • 1898 - Ashley Street School, Ashley & Cross Sts, Westfield, Massachusetts[5]
    • Demolished in 2012
  • 1898 - D. L. Gillett Block, 100 Elm St, Westfield, Massachusetts[6]
  • 1898 - St. Mary's R. C. School, 35 Bartlett St, Westfield, Massachusetts[7]
  • 1899 - Bismarck Hotel, 16 Union Ave, Westfield, Massachusetts[8]
  • 1900 - Y. M. C. A. (Rinnova) Building, 105 Elm St, Westfield, Massachusetts[9]
  • 1903 - Pine Street School, 13 Pine St, Northfield, Massachusetts[10]
  • 1906 - Elwin C. Hills House, 26 College Hwy, Southwick, Massachusetts[11]
  • 1909 - Northfield High School (Old), 104 Main St, Northfield, Massachusetts[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Prospect Hill School". mhc-macris.net. Massachusetts Historical Commission, n.d.
  2. ^ "Southwick Public Library". mhc-macris.net. Massachusetts Historical Commission, n.d.
  3. ^ American Architect and Building News 3 Oct. 1896: xviii.
  4. ^ American Architect and Building News 8 May 1897: xvii.
  5. ^ American Architect and Building News 25 Dec. 1897: xi.
  6. ^ "Gillett, D. W. Block". mhc-macris.net. Massachusetts Historical Commission, n.d.
  7. ^ "Saint Marys Roman Catholic Church Parish School". mhc-macris.net. Massachusetts Historical Commission, n.d.
  8. ^ Engineering News 15 Dec. 1899: 189.
  9. ^ Engineering Record 3 March 1900: 215.
  10. ^ School Board Journal July 1903: 30.
  11. ^ "Hills, Dea. Elwin House". mhc-macris.net. Massachusetts Historical Commission, n.d.
  12. ^ American Architect 15 Dec. 1909: 8.