Biography of Joseph H. Pierce
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Pierce, Joseph H., was born in Dundee, Yates County, N. Y., September 2, 1855. His father, H. W. Pierce, was a well known mechanic and builder and died at that place January 23, 1891, aged seventy three. William H. Pierce, his only brother, follows his late father's vocation in Dundee. Joseph H. Pierce had pursued a course in. mechanical draughting and drawing, and graduated from Starkey Seminary in 1878. In 1880 he came to Elmira and entered the architectural office of W. H. Hayes, now of Minneapolis, Minn., whom he succeeded in the profession which he conducted in his own interest over two years. In 1884 he formed a copartnership with Otis Dockstader under the firm name of Pierce & Dockstader. The latter withdrew in 1890. After a period of one year a partner was taken in the person of H. H. Bickford, the style of the firm being Pierce & Biekford. Mr. Pierce, has always taken an active interest in all matters pertaining to the architectural profession and associations, having served three years as a member of the executive committee previous to his election to the officeof secretary of the Western New York Chapter, A. .1. A., at Buffalo, in November, 1890. Among the buildings designed by him are the following: First M. E. Church, Northcott building, Thompkins, Fassett & Crocker's wholesale grocery building, First Baptist Church, College Hill Chapel, New York State Armory, Advertiser building, Telegram building, and numerous other residences, churches, and public structures, nob. only in Elmira and Chemung County, but in various cities and villages in the States of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He has been eminently successful. Painstaking, careful, and conservative, never hasty or partisan, his opinions carry much weight. During the decade in which Mr. Pierce has been engaged in the practice of his chosen profession, a vocation at once ennobling and interesting, he has attained recognition among the leading members of the fraternity in this country. His designs. evince a high degree of that fine artistic taste combined with those principles of eponomic building that are so essential to success in modern architecture. His work is regarded as embracing such principles of hygienic construction that come only from diligent study, wide experience, and careful application. Many of his drawings have been published in the best architectural periodicals in the United States and the writer hereof has not infrequently found such sketches treasured by younger architects as examples worthy of imitation. As secretary of the Western New York Chapter, A. I. A., he is editor of that department in the Architectural Era, published at Syracuse, N. Y., the official organ of that organization. Although at the zenith of man's allotted life Mr. Pierce has already accomplished work worthy of emulation, and is withal a striking example of all that goes to make a worthy citizen and a successful architect. Mr. Pierce is a thirty second degree Mason and has held the office of captain general of St. Omer'sCommandery. He is also a prominent member of the Hedding M. E. Church, being a trustee, a member of the Board of Stewards, and has for several years taught a large Bible class. He has served one year and six months more than a full period of enlistment in the National Guard of the State of New York, being a sergeant for the last two or three years of his service. September 29, 1886, he married Carrie, daughter of the late David Decker, of Elmira, N. Y.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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