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Benjamin Wistar Morris


Centurion, 1911–1944

Born 25 October 1870 in Portland, Oregon

Died 4 December 1944 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut

Proposed by James J. Goodwin and William Rutherford Mead

Elected 4 February 1911 at age forty

Century Memorial

Benjamin Wistar Morris. [Born] 1870. Architect. Born in Oregon, of Philadelphian ancestry, studied architecture at the Beaux Arts in Paris, practiced his profession here for fifty years; among the many notable buildings from his designs in this city were the Cunard Building, the Union League Club and the Annex to the Morgan Library; awarded the Gold Medal of the Architectural League for his design of the Baldwin house at Mt. Kisco; prepared designs for a new Metropolitan Opera House as part of a plan for Rockefeller Center which was not adopted; participated in designing interiors of the liners Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth; member of the city’s Art Commission and of the National Fine Arts Commission in Washington; painter of talent, regularly exhibiting in the amateur shows at the Club; constant and loyal Centurion, cherished member of the architects’ table in the dining-room.

Geoffrey Parsons, Secretary
Annual Meeting Necrology, 11 January 1945