Rewind: December 1, 2023 – “Milton Lee Crandell”


December 1, 2023

We recently came across an article from “The Post Star,” April 24, 1939, that we found very interesting.  Warren County has had a number of ‘famous’ sons and daughters who have made names for themselves and gained national prominence.  Some of these people include Mathew Brady, The Pruyn sisters, Diane Struble, Charles Evans Hughes, Jeanne Robert Foster, John Dix, the deBlasiis sisters, Charles R. Wood, Annetta Barber, Marcella Sembrich, Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Steiglitz, Mary Hillard Loines, and the Crandall brothers, among others.  What follows was taken from the above-mentioned newspaper, in Section 5, page 2, column 2.  It is reprinted here with some minor edits.  We will be highlighting some of our famous sons and daughters in our ‘Rewind’ and ‘Pasttimes’ publications in the future.


M. L. Crandell Noted Architect

Prepared Plans for City’s New Hospital


            The beautiful new Glens falls Hospital stands as one of the most recent examples of the find work of Milton Lee Crandall, A. I. A., one of the leading architects of tis area.  Mr. Crandell’s plans for this recently completed $500,000 structure have won wide acclaim among building construction experts and add further to the prestige he has gained in 20 years of architectural work.

            A native of Glens Falls, Mr. Crandell has always made his home here, although his professional career has taken him not only to many of the cities and villages within a radius of 80 miles of this of this city, but to Florida as well.  He was educated in the Glens Falls Public Schools, having been graduated from High School here in 1913, and he entered Cornell University, where he received a degree of bachelor of architecture in 1917.

            For a year and a half during the World War Mr. Crandell was a  civilian employee at Camp Grant in Illinois, where he was engaged in construction work.  His application for enlistment in the Army Air Corps was accepted two days before the Armistice.

            Returning to Glens Falls, Mr. Crandell became associated with J. Harold McDowell, then a local architect, and about 1920 he and Louis L. Wetmore, another local architect, purchased McDowell’s business.  In 1923 Mr. Crandell entered business for himself and since that time has conducted it alone, with offices in Masonic Temple.

            Mr. Crandell designed the South Glens Falls Junior-Senior High School, the new Ridge Street Fire Station now nearing completion, the Warren County Highway Department office building at Warrensburg, the superintendent’s and nurses; homes at Westmount Sanatorium, and many private homes.  He was associate architect with Tooker and Marsh of New York on the Big Cross Street, Broad Street, and Jackson Heights elementary schools in this city.  Many Lake George show places were designed by him, including the E. L. Maupai residence at Basin Bay, the Ames Beals home at Assembly Point, and the Wilbur Crannell and George Welch residences at Plum Point.  Mr. Crandell designed a large home in Winter Park, Fla., and many in Albany, Hudson and vicinity cities.

            Mr. Crandell is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a Mason.  He is a brother of Bradshaw Crandell, the noted artist.


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