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Guide to the Jennings Photograph Collection
[1858]-1957
 PR 135

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Description is in English.

Biographical Note

Arthur Bates Jennings (1849-1927) was a New York City architect, who received his A.B. in 1870 from the College of the City of New York. He trained under such notable architects as George B. Post and Russell Sturgis, and set up his first independent office around 1876 at 71 Broadway. Early in his career, he worked mostly on residential designs; later he moved on to designs of public buildings, specializing in churches, but also working on buildings for colleges, universities, and a few private companies. Jennings moved his office several times, but always maintained a presence in lower Manhattan between the years 1876 and 1919. His business address at the time of his retirement in 1919 was 253 Broadway. While much of Jennings' early professional work was done in the New York City region, beginning in the 1890s, his multi-turreted churches and other public buildings were constructed across the United States, from Portland, Maine to Seattle, Washington.

Arthur Jennings married Caroline Jerusha Allen of West Meriden, Connecticut; the couple had three children: Edward Allen Jennings (1882-1958), Arthur B. Jennings, Jr., and Helen Bates Jennings. Arthur Jennings, Jr., became a professional organist, choirmaster, and instructor, eventually becoming a full professor at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Edward Allen Jennings attended Wesleyan University and Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, receiving his medical degree in 1913. Dr. Jennings served on the staffs of Harlem, Fordham, and St. Luke's Hospitals in New York, was a First Lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps during World War I, and had an established medical practice in New York City. Dr. Jennings was an avid amateur historian, and researched and wrote on church architecture, local history, and his father's architectural career. He penned several book manuscripts, such as his Manhattanville: An Architectural Retrospective, which were never published. Dr. Jennings continued to practice medicine until his death in 1958.