MELVIN HENRY HUBBARD.
For twenty five years past a resident of Utica, Melvin Henry Hubbard has gained acknowledged standing as an architect
and is widely known in connection with that profession. He is a native of Hubbardsville, Madison county, New York,
born April 11, 1852, a son of Solomon A. and Amanda (Abbey) Hubbard.
Melvin H. Hubbard attended the public schools of Oswego, New York, and was graduated from an academy and a business
college at Saginaw, Michigan, where he also took a course in architecture in a technical school. After leaving
school he learned the stair builder's trade and upon his return to New York took a special course in the New York
Architectural School. After completing this course he went to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and opened an office, but
later returned to New York city and entered the office of McKim, Meade & White, one of the greatest architectural
firms of America, where he did special drawings. After a highly creditable experience with this firm he went to
Oneida, New York, as designer for the Chapel-Chase-Maxwell Company, now the National Casket Company. He designed
many noted caskets, one especially noteworthy being the canopy, under which the body of General Ulysses S. Grant
laid in state in New York, the design being known afterward as the Grant Canopy. In 1886 Mr. Hubbard came to Utica
and opened an office, beginning at once to specialize as a church architect, and has planned and supervised the
erection of over four hundred churches, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Among the prominent structures may be
named: St. Patrick's Catholic church and the First Baptist church, of Oneida, New York; the Second Baptist church,
of Rochester, New York; Grace Baptist church, of Washington, D. C.; the First Baptist church, of Minneapolis, Minnesota;
Wesleyan Congregational church, also of Minneapolis; the church of the Immaculate Conception, of Jacksonville,
Florida; the church of All Saints, of New Orleans, Louisiana; Diamond Methodist Episcopal church, of Hazelton,
Pennsylvania; and many others.
On the 25th of December, 1874, Mr. Hubbard was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Bacon, a daughter of Damon and
Myra Bacon, of Hnbbardsville, New York. One daughter, Halvah E., was born to this union. Mr. Hubbard is very prominent
as an Odd Fellow and has occupied practically all of the chairs in the order, being especially proficient in the
degree work. Few men have delved more deeply into the teachings of this order or are more thoroughly imbued with
its beautiful sentiments. He is now colonel of the Sixth Regiment, Patriarchs Militant, I. O. O. F., of New York,
being also a member of the Royal Arcanum. Starting as a young man with a laudable ambition to win a place in the
world, he has succeeded even beyond the expectations of his earlier years and his name is connected with many of
the most attractive buildings on the continent. No man is more deeply interested in the development of the taste
for art and beauty and the work he has accomplished will stand as a monument to his genius long after the present
generation has passed away.
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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