William A. Boring

William A. Boring

Infobox Architect
name=William Boring
practice_name=Boring and Tilton
significant_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 1916, Boring joined the faculty of the Columbia School of Architecture, where he eventually became Director in 1919 and Dean from 1931 through 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.


With Edward Lippincott Tilton

* 1891 Casino, Belle Haven, CT
* 1891-1893 Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Springs, CO (placed on the List of Registered Historic Places in Colorado)
* 1897-1901 United States Immigration Station, Ellis Island (added to Liberty National Monument in 1965, placed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
* 1899 Town Hall, East Orange, New Jersey
* 1902-1903 Astor Warehouse, 29-35 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY
* 1900-1905 Tome School for Boys, Port Deposit, MD
* 1901 Marine barracks, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY
* 1904-1905 Brooklyn Heights Casino, Fort Hill Estate, New York

Working alone

* 1906 apartment building at 520 Park Avenue in Manhattan (demolished in 1932).
* 1907-1908 American Seaman's Friend Society Sailor's Home and Institute, 505-507 West Street, Manhattan.
* 1909 apartment building at 540 Park Avenue in Manhattan.
* 1910 Casino Mansion Apartments, 200 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, NY
* 1911 apartment building at 521 Park Avenue in Manhattan.

External links

* http://www.cuarts.com/legacy/
* http://www.arch.columbia.edu/index.php?pageData=28
* http://www.thecityreview.com/carpcand.html
* http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=940DE0D8103FE233A25754C0A9659C946796D6CF
* http://www.aia.org/aiarchitect/thisweek07/0406/0406n_ellis.cfm
* http://www.nps.gov/elis/historyculture/index.htm
* http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/peabody/about/Tiltonmonograph.pdf
* http://www.thecityreview.com/ues/parkave/park521.htm
* http://www.you-are-here.com/pueblo/fire_house.html


* Robert B. Mackay (ed.), Anthony K. Baker (ed.), Carol A. Traynor (ed.) "Long Island Country Houses and Their Architects, 1860-1940" (1997) Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., ISBN 0-393-03856-4
* Francis Morrone "An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn" (2001) Publisher: Gibbs Smith, ISBN-13: 9781586850470 482pp

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