Biography of Frederick H. Gouge
Oneida County, NY Biographies





After thirty five years of experience as an architect at Utica Frederick Hamilton Gouge can look back upon a life of activity and usefulness and can contemplate the future with a considerable degree of satisfaction. He has been instrumental in the erection of many of the handsome and substantial buildings in Oneida and other counties and ranks as one of the leading architects of central New York. He was born on the old family homestead near Trenton, on the 5th of May, 1845, a son of Jacob Gouge, who was born in the same house as the subject of this review and spent his life as a farmer. Grandfather Jacob Gouge was a native of Connecticut and came to Oneida county in 1793. Three years later he purchased the farm at Trenton which has ever since been in possession of his descendants. The Gouge family is of English ancestry, the progenitors in America arriving on this side of the Atlantic very early in the history of the colonies. Two of the Gouges were signers of the charter of Virginia and a later member of the family lived at Boston and was author of a work on political economy.

Frederick H. Gouge passed his boyhood on his father's farm and received his preliminary education in the district schools. He prepared for college at Rome Academy and matriculated at Hamilton College in the fall of 1866, being then about twenty one years of age. He was graduated with the degree of A. B. in 1870 and was made a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society. After leaving college he engaged one year in civil engineering and then entered the architectural office of William H. Miller at Ithaca, New York, as partner and has ever Since been identified with the profession. In 1876 he located permanently at Utica. Among the various buildings which he designed may be named the First National Bank building of Utica, the old City National Bank building, the Winston building, t.he Sayre Memorial church, Park Baptist church, the Church of the Redeemer, the Church of St. Francis de Sales, Plymouth church, St. Luke's Hospital and many handsome residences and business buildings, among the latter of which are the Roberts Wicks block, the Brandegee Kincaid building, the International Heater Works building, the Hurd Fitzgerald Shoe Company's building, etc. He has also erected or remodeled a number of buildings for his alma mater, including Knox Hall, the chapel, the arbor, the well house, the Psi Upsilon, the Delta Kappa Epsilon, the Delta Upsilon, the Sigma Phi, Alpha Delta Phi and Chi Psi chapter houses, the Hail of Languages, the Hall of Philosophy, the Hall of Commons, Carnegie Hall, the new South College and the gymnasium in the middle college. His work shows an originality of design and an adaptability to surroundings and conditions which have proved very satisfactory to patrons, and his reputation was long since established as one of the thoroughly competent and reliable architects of the state. He has taken great interest in organizations for the promotion of efficiency among architects and is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, expresident of the Western New York Association of Architects and of the Central New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He has also served as president of the Utica Chamber of Commerce and has been a highly important factor in the upbuilding of the city.

On the 25th of October, 1881, Mr. Gouge was married to Miss Abbie Perkins Moore, of Trenton Falls, New York. Three children were born to this union: Julia Sherman; Laura, who graduated at Vassar College in June, 1909; and George Frederick, who graduated at Hamilton College in 1911.

Mr. Gouge's family are members of the Plymouth Congregational church. He is not affiliated with any religious denomination but is an earnest supporter of the republican party and is connected with the Royal Arcanum and the Fort Schuyler and Arcanum Clubs. He has never sought public office but has concentrated his attention upon a profession in which he has won distinct success. Several years ago he visited Europe in order to study the cathedrals, chateaus and great works of art and he has never spared any time or labor in keeping fully abreast of the age in everything pertaining to a calling for which he has shown special talent. He has ably performed his part in his profession and is truly entitled to a prominent place among the citizens of Oneida county.

From:
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
Chicago 1912


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