Samuel Breck Parkman Trowbridge
Born: May 20, 1862, New York City, New York
Died: 1925, New York City, New York
Parents: William Petit Trowbridge I & Lucy Parkman
SAMUEL BECK PARKMAN TROWBRIDGE
Beck Parkman Trowbridge (1862-1925) was born in New York City, son of
William Petit and Lucy Parkman Trowbridge. At the time of his birth,
Trowbridge's father, whose initial career was in the military, was the
superintending engineer of the construction of Fort Totten Battery,
repairs to Fort Schuyler, and work at Governor's Island. The work was
being done to fortify the city against possible attack during the Civil
War. After the War, he left the military and eventually became
professor of dynamic engineering at Yale. From 1877 until his death in
1892, he was professor of engineering at the Columbia School of Mines.
Undoubtedly, the younger Trowbridge was influenced in his choice of
career by his father's profession.
After his early education in the city's public schools, Trowbridge did
his undergraduate studies at Trinity College in Hartford. On graduating
in 1883, he entered Columbia's School of Mines, and later furthered his
training at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and at
the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. On his return to New York, he
entered the office of George B. Post. In 18914, he, Goodhue Livingston
and Stockton B. Colt formed a partnership that lasted until 1897 when
Colt left and the firm became Trowbridge & Livingston.
The firm is best known for its public and commercial buildings, which,
besides B. Altman, include the St. Regis Hotel (1904) at Fifth Avenue
and 55th Street; Engine Company 7, Ladder Company 1 (1905) at 100 Duane
Street; the banking headquarters of J.P. Morgan (1913) at 23 Wall
Street; the 1923 extension to the New York Stock Exchange at 11 Wall
Street; the Oregon State Capitol (1936-38), designed in association
with Francis Keally; and the Hayden Planetarium (1935) of the American
Museum of Natural History at West 81st Street and Central Park West.