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Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes

Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes, American architect. member of staff, 1918, and manager prelim. investigations division of the United States Labor Department, Bureau Industrial Housing and Transportation, later United States Housing Corporation; Fellow New York State History Association; member New York History Society (medallist 1925); member of New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

Background

  • Stokes, Isaac Newton Phelps was born on April 11, 1867 in New York, New York, United States. Son of late Anson Phelps and Helen Louisa (Phelps) S.

  • Education

    • Educated St. Paul’s School, Concord, N.H., and Berkeley School, New York City. Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1891. Studied banking with J. Kennedy Tod & Company, bankers, 1891-1892.

      Studied architecture (especially housing), Columbia University, 1893-1894. École des Beaux Arts, Paris, 1894-1897. Doctor of Humane Letters, New York University, 1932.

      Doctor of Letters, Columbia University, 1937.

    Career

    • Edwin K. Merrill. Formerly member Howells & Stokes, New York and Seattle, 1897-1917. Firm designed St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University. Woodbridge Hall, Yale.

      Dudley Memorial Gateway, and Music School, Harvard. Baltimore Stock Exch. Building; University Site development, Seattle.

      American Geography Society Building, New York. Royal Insurance office buildings, New York and San Francisco. Woodbridge Building and Title Guarantee and Trust Company Building, New York.

      Turks Head Building, Providence. First Congressional Church, Danbury, Connecticut. University Settlement and other pioneer settlements, New New York Associated as officer or director with several organizations in development, management and sale of New York City real estate for 50 years.

      Appointed by Governor Theodore Roosevelt member New York State Tenement House Commission, 1900. Architectural member committee of three which drafted New York State Tenement House Law of 1901. Architectural member Art Commission City of New York, 1911-1913, also, ex-officio, representing New York Public Library, 1916-1918, 1921-1938, president, 1929-1938.

      Member of staff, 1918, and manager prelim. investigations division of the United States Labor Department, Bureau Industrial Housing and Transportation, later United States Housing Corporation. Etc. Formerly member Troop A, National Guard New York Director Phelps-Stokes (educational and housing) Fund, 1911-1939, president, 1911-1924. Trustee New York Public Library, 1916-1938.

      Honorary vice president Community Service Society of New York. Honorary vice president Fine Arts Federation of New York, 1939-1940 (medallist, 1939). Honorary vice president Municipal Art Society of New York since 1937.

    Works

    • Author: The Iconography of Manhattan Island, 6 vols., 1915-1928. Also chapter on low cost housing in New York City (printed as appendix to Slums and Housing, by James Ford), 1936. Annual Reports of Art Commission, 1928-1929, 1930-1937.

      New York, Past and Present—Its History and Landmarks, 1939. Co-author of History and Catalogue of the Works of the Society of Iconophiles of City of New York, 1930. American Historical Prints, Early Views of American Cities, etc., 1932, 1933.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Denomination: Episcopalian

    Membership

    Member of staff, 1918, and manager prelim. investigations division of the United States Labor Department, Bureau Industrial Housing and Transportation, later United States Housing Corporation. Fellow New York State History Association. Member New York History Society (medallist 1925).

    Member of New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Clubs: Grolier (honorary), University (New York).

    Connections

    • Married Edith Minturn, August 21, 1895 (died June 12, 1937).
    • spouse: Edith Minturn
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    Born April 11, 1867
    Died December 19, 1944
    (aged 77)
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