A successful architect of Utica, who is also a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity in which he has attained
high rank is Rich A. George. His birth occurred in Leipzig, Germany, his natal day being the 2d of October,
Rich A. George was most forunate in his preparation for his profession, having been given the advantages of such
a training as falls to the lot of but few men. He has degrees from five well known and reputable institutions of
Europe, as follows: Polytechnic School at Dresden and at Munich; High School for Building at St. Petersburg, and
the same at Hoexter, Germany; and the School of Fine Arts, Paris. In 1884 he decided to come to the United States
to follow his profession and soon after his arrival located in Utica where he has ever since continuously resided.
He has designed and superintended the construction of many residences and apartment buildings since locating here,
among them being the Kanetenah, Olbiston and Chancellor Square Apartments, and he also designed the ilerkimer monument.
He has met with, most excellent success in his work, which is very original, yet withal thoroughly artistic and
practical. Mr. George possesses the gift of being able to design a structure to meet the requirements of utility
and limited means without sacrificing either harmony or proportion.
On the 15th of November, 1887, Mr. George was united in marriage to Miss Libbie Wilke of Utica.
He is identified with a number of fraternal organizations, and takes great pride in his Masonic affiliations, being
a member of Faxon Lodge, No. 697, A. F. & A. M.; Oneida Chapter, No. 57, R. A. M., of which he is past high
priest; Utica Commandery, No. 3, K. T., in which he holds the office of generalissimo; Yahnundahsis Lodge of Perfection;
A. & A. of the Scottish Rite, the present thrice potent master; and the Ziyara Temple, Nobles of the Mystic
Shrine. He is also a member of the Order of Red Men, having been one of the organizers of the local tribe and has
been chief of records for twenty years. His agreeable personality and genial nature have made Mr. George very popular
in both fraternal and social circles, and during the period of his residence in Utica he has won and retained the
friendship of many.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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