Edward Lippincott Tilton

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Edward Lippincott Tilton
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Born19 October 1861 Edit this on Wikidata
Died5 January 1933 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 71)
Alma mater
OccupationArchitect Edit this on Wikidata
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United States Immigration Station, Ellis Island, 1897-1900

Edward Lippincott Tilton (19 October 1861 – 5 January 1933) was an American architect, with a practice in New York City, where he was born.[1] He specialized in the design of libraries, completing about one hundred in the U.S. and Canada, including many Carnegie libraries and structures for educational institutions.[2]

In about 1881 Tilton abandoned a budding career in banking to work as a draftsman in the office of McKim, Mead & White,[3] a traditional apprenticeship for which he prepared with a private tutor in architecture and which prepared him for a course of further study at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris (1887–1890). Early commissions came through family connections; they included the casino (1891–92) in Belle Haven, an affluent shoreline community of Greenwich, Connecticut, and the Hotel Colorado in the resort of Glenwood Springs, Colorado (1891–93).[2]

He and the partner that he met in Paris, William A. Boring, won a competition in 1897 to design the first phase of new buildings for the U.S. Immigration Station on Ellis Island in New York Harbor. Four major buildings were all constructed to their designs before the formal partnership was amicably dissolved in 1904. The two architects continued to share an office.

He published his thoughts on library planning and construction, in Essentials in Library Planning with A.E. Bostwick and S.H Ranck (1928), and "Library Planning" posthumously published in the Journal of the Royal Institute of British Architects (1936).


Knight Memorial Library, Providence Rhode Island (1924)

Tilton worked in the partnership Boring & Tilton (1881-1904), as a solo architect, in the partnership Tilton & Githens (1916-1932), then again briefly in solo practice as consulting architect until his death.


  1. ^ The monograph is Lisa B. Mausolf with Elizabeth Durfee Hengen, Edward Lippincott Tilton A Monograph on His Architectural Practice, 2007 (on-line text).
  2. ^ a b c Lisa B. Mausolf and Elizabeth Durfee Hengen, "Edward Lippincott Tilton: A Monograph on His Architectural Practice", 2007 Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine (pdf file)
  3. ^ "Tilton and Boring / Tilton and Githens". Open Durham. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  4. ^ [1], Stuart Hall.
  5. ^ SPR.176, Massachusetts Cultural Resources Information System (MACRIS).
  6. ^ "Knight Memorial Library: History" (brochure). Providence Public Library. Providence, Rhode Island: Providence Public Library. Retrieved 16 June 2020. Knight Memorial Library, designed by noted library architect Edward Tilton, opened in 1924
  7. ^ "Concordia College Facilities". Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 14 February 2014.

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