William A. Boring

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William Boring
Born September 9, 1859
Carlinville, Illinois
Died May 5, 1937
New York City
Nationality American
Occupation Architect
Practice Boring and Tilton
Buildings Ellis Island

William Alciphron Boring (1859–1937) was an American architect noted for codesigning the Immigration Station at Ellis Island in New York harbor.

Boring studied first at the University of Illinois, then spent an additional year (1885) as a student at Columbia University. 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.[1]

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.


Ellis Island
The American Seamen's Friend Society Sailors' Home and Institute, now the Jane Hotel

With Edward Lippincott Tilton[edit]

Working alone[edit]

  • 1906: apartment building at 520 Park Avenue in Manhattan (demolished in 1932)
  • 1907-1908: American Seamen's Friend Society Sailors' Home and Institute, 505-507 West Street, Manhattan
  • 1909: apartment building at 540 Park Avenue in Manhattan, New York City
  • 1910: Casino Mansion Apartments, 200 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1911: apartment building at 521 Park Avenue in Manhattan, New York City


  • 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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