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.
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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