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Granger, Alfred Hoyt (1867-1939) | Lake Forest College Archives and Special Collections

Name: Granger, Alfred Hoyt (1867-1939)

Historical Note:

Alfred Hoyt Granger was a noted architectural designer and author who flourished from ca. 1886 to 1939.  He graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio, his native state, and then graduated from MIT's architecture program, also working concurrently (?) and after in the Boston office of H. H. Richardson (d. 1886), later Shepley Rutan & Coolidge.  He came to Chicago for that firm's work for the 1893 world's Columbian Exposition, and  stayed to work in the office of Wm. LeB. Jenney, a draftsman colleague of HowardVan Doren Shaw. After a period of design practice in Cleveland he returned to Chicago, married like Chas. Frost to av daughter of Marvin Hughitt, the heqd ofthe mighty Chicago and North Western Railway empire.  The architects combined their practices betweenv1898 and 1909 (see Frost's biographical not for works).  From ca. 1910 until ca. WWI Granger practiced in Phildelphia, and then returned to the area, building many homes in Lake Forest esp. on Church Road Iformer Hughitt family land), and praciticing in the Chicago firm of Bollender & Granger, with work for the U. of Illinois Medical SChool and Hospitals at Chicago.  In 1922 he chaired the committee for the competition for the Tibune Tower.

In 1914 he wrote a biography of architect Charles F. McKim (McKim Meade & White) and for the 1933 Century of Progress he wrote a fine architectural and social guidebook to ghe Chciago area and Lake Forest, "Chicago Welcomes You."

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