Addison Hutton

Addison Hutton was born on November 28, 1834. He grew up in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, southeast of Pittsburgh. He was the son of Joel Hutton, a Quaker carpenter, and Ann Mains. At an early age, he became fond of the "solid necessities of building" and enjoyed working alongside his father. Like his father, Addison would vary between carpeting and school. A young man named Robert Grimacy gave him lessons in architecture; it was then that Addison Hutton considered it to be a possible direction in his own life.

Addison studied architecture with Samuel Sloan, who was a leading Philadelphia architect and author of books on house designs. He supervised construction of the Sloan-designed Longwood in Natchez, MS until construction was abandoned during the Civil War. He became Sloan's partner in 1864 and was able to bring numerous commissions to their office due to his Quaker connections. By 1868, he had established his own office.

In November 1901, the American Institute of Architects denounced the design competition for the Pennsylvania State Capitol at Harrisburg and strongly urged its members not to participate. Hutton was one of nine architects who submitted designs (his was not selected), and he was expelled from the AIA in February 1902.

Addison Hutton died on June 26, 1916, and was buried at Short Creek Meeting House, Jefferson Co., Ohio


How he  influenced the hospital:

In 1893 Hutton was hired by superintendent Henry Orth to draw up plans for a new set of buildings to replace the deteriorating Main Building. The set of plan Hutton came up with would eventually become the new "Cottage Plan" hospital that you can still see today (2010). Hutton was responsible for designing the over all plan for the new hospital as well as specific designs for the Administration Building, Infirmary Building, the Central Kitchen, the Psychopathic Ward Buildings, and the Violent Ward Buildings. John Dempwolf would be hired a few years later to complete the work that Hutton started in 1893.



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