William A. Boring

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William Boring
BornSeptember 9, 1859
DiedMay 5, 1937(1937-05-05) (aged 77)
PracticeBoring and Tilton
BuildingsEllis Island

William Alciphron Boring (September 9, 1859 – May 5, 1937) was an American architect noted for co-designing the Immigration Station at Ellis Island in New York harbor.


Ellis Island
The American Seamen's Friend Society Sailors' Home and Institute, now "The Jane", a boutique hotel

Boring studied first at the University of Illinois, then spent an additional year (1885) as a student at Columbia University. In 1886, he maintained a partnership in Los Angeles with architects Solomon I. Haas (1857–1945) and E.L. Caukins.[1] From 1887 to 1890 Boring studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris along with his friend Edward Lippincott Tilton. Boring and Tilton returned to New York in 1890 to work in the office of McKim, Mead, and White.

In 1891 Boring and Tilton left McKim, Mead, and White to form their own architectural partnership. Among their notable works were the Casino in Belle Haven, Connecticut (1891) and the Hotel Colorado in the resort town of Glenwood Springs, Colorado (1891). The partnership's work culminated in the 1897 design for the new federal Immigration Station at Ellis Island. This work was honored with a gold medal for Architecture at the Exposition Universelle, Paris (1900); a gold medal at the Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo (1901); and a silver medal at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis (1904). The partnership of Boring & Tilton ended in 1904. The men started working independently of one another but continued to share offices and equipment until 1915. In 1913, Boring was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member.[2]

In 1916, Boring joined the faculty of the Columbia School of Architecture, where he eventually became Director in 1919 and Dean from 1931 to 1932. As dean of architecture at Columbia Boring, and especially his successor Joseph Hudnut, encouraged the then-nascent modernism and incorporated studies in town planning.


Early works[edit]

  • Fire House Number 1, now a state historic site known as the Old Plaza Firehouse; Los Angeles, California, 1884

With Edward Lippincott Tilton[edit]

Solo designs[edit]



  1. ^ "10 Jun 1886, Page 4 – Los Angeles Herald at". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
  2. ^ "National Academicians | National Academy | National Academy Museum". National Academy. Retrieved 2016-06-21.


  • Mackay, Robert B.; Baker, Anthony K. and Traynor, Carol A. (eds.) Long Island Country Houses and Their Architects, 1860–1940 (1997) New York: Norton ISBN 0-393-03856-4
  • Morrone, Francis An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn (2001) Gibbs Smith, ISBN 978-1-58685-047-0

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