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New York Architect: I. Edgar Hill

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To list the buildings designed by I. Edgar Hill, architect, of Geneva, New York, is to arrange in perspective an array of schools, banks, public structures, industrial plants, and residences throughout New York and Pennsylvania, distinguished by artistic quality and practicability of design. Mr. Hill has thus won by notable workmanship his preeminence as an architect. Classic simplicity and beauty characterize his style, but the ultimate use to which the building is to be put is always paramount and a shaping factor, just as it was in the days of the Greeks themselves, those masters of architecture.

Mr. Hill was born in Pennsylvania, August 24, 1873, son of Frank R. and Harriett C. (Smith) Hill. Having completed the public school course, he entered the University of Pennsylvania, where he specialized in architecture and received, in 1896, the degree of Bachelor of Science. His professional career began in the utilitarian but educative position of draftsman. He was then associated with Edgar V. Seeler, Philadelphia architect, with whom he remained for sixteen years, during which he designed many fine structures including that of the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia, that of the Evening "Bulletin," of the Fire Association, of the Preston Retreat, all in Philadelphia, and the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company in Boston. His health failing, he resigned from this association and for two years retired from active work. He then moved to Geneva, New York, where he has since been busied with an important clientele. Orders for all sorts of buildings, calling for skill and artistry, both public and private structures, have come to him from remote points in Pennsylvania and New York. The buildings of this period of his life include: the Bank of Hammondsport, the Glenn National Bank of Watkins, the First National Bank of Ovid, the Plattsburg High School, the West Bloomfield High School, the Chesborough Seminary buildings at Chili, New York, the library at Seneca Falls, Trinity Church and Parish House in that same city, and in Geneva the plant of the Geneva Cutlery Company and Lynch Brothers' Store, as well as the Geneva Loan Association Building. At Warsaw, he designed the Warsaw Elevator Company's buildings; at Lyons, those of the Empire Gas Company; in Newark, New York, the factories of C.H. Stewart and Company. He designed the rectory of St. Stephen's Parish in Geneva, the convent of St. Patrick's Parish in Penn Yan, and such beautiful residences as that of Wilfred I. Booth in Elmira, that of H.J. Sturdevant in Bradford, Pennsylvania, one at Winnetka, Illinois, that of John W. Pell in Brooklyn, and of John H. Dunn in Rochester, and that of Reba C. Trant in Geneva. He also planned the Geneva Country Club. Such a summary indicates the variety and many-sidedness of Mr. Hill's genius.

He is a member of the New York Society of Architects, of the University of Pennsylvania Club, of the Rochester and New York City clubs, and the University Club. He is affiliated with all bodies of Masonry up to the Shrine in Philadelphia, and Damascus Temple, Rochester, and with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is a communicant of St. Peter's Episcopal Church.

On October 21, 1900, I. Edgar Hill married Alice V. Dawson, of Philadelphia.


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Article Name: New York Architect: I. Edgar Hill
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From my collection of books: History of New York State 1523-1927; editor in-chief, Dr. James Sullivan, Publisher: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc. (1927)
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