Stephen Decatur Hatch

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Part of Hatch's "extraordinary"[1] 3-story mansard roof for Gilsey House
Murray Hill Hotel, built 1884, razed 1947 (c.1900-1910)

Stephen Decatur Hatch (b. 1839 - d. 1894)[2] was a prominent late-19th century architect who was responsible for a number of historically or architecturally significant buildings in Manhattan, New York City and elsewhere. He primarily designed commercial buildings.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Hatch was born in Swanton, Vermont,[4] the son of an inventor,[3] and moved to New York City, where he found employment as a construction inspector.[3] He joined the busy architectural firm of John B. Snook in 1860 as a draftsman.[4] He left around 1864 to start his own practice, and became the architect of the U.S. War Department, responsible for construction of military posts in New York.[3] His practice began to flourish in 1868.[4]

Hatch died in 1894, during the construction of an extension to the headquarters building of the New York Life Insurance Company.





  1. ^ a b NYCLPC p.80
  2. ^ a b "History of Rooms 231 and 232" on the White House website
  3. ^ a b c d "South Street Seaport Museum 213-215 Water Street" Historic American Buildings Survey, #NY-5684
  4. ^ a b c Dillon, James T. Gilsey House Designation Report of the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission (September 11, 1979)
  5. ^ "South Street Seaport Museum, 213-215 Water Street, New York, New York, NY" on Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog
  6. ^ "118 East 18th Street" on the Gramercy Neighborhood Associates website
  7. ^ "836-838 Broadway" on the Endangered Cast-Iron Buildings website
  8. ^ NYCLPC, p. 62
  9. ^ a b NYCLPC, p.21
  10. ^ White & Willensky, p.63
  11. ^ "Murray Hill Hotel, 1918", City University of New York DSpace
  12. ^ White & Willensky, p.26
  13. ^ "About Tribeca"
  14. ^
  15. ^ "Bleecker Tower" on Wired New York website
  16. ^ NYCLPC, p.60
  17. ^ NYCLPC, p.36
  18. ^ White & Willenski, p. 166
  19. ^ NYCLPC, p.34
  20. ^ "The Gilsey House - 29th and Broadway" Accessed:2010-11-20


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