William Warren Boyington
William Warren Boyington was already one of the most accomplished architects in Chicago when Benjamin Franklin Allen hired him to design Terrace Hill. His building, the Chicago Water Tower and Pumping Station from 1869, was the most noted building to survive the Chicago Fire and one of the best examples of the Gothic Revival style.
Because of the relative scarcity of architects in the region at the time, Boyington’s firm completed work across the upper Midwest during and following the Civil War. Terrace Hill is one of the three important residential Second Empire designs that Boyington created outside of Chicago during this period. The others are the General Dodge House in Council Bluffs, Iowa (1869) and the Hegeler-Carus mansion in La Salle, Illinois (1874). Boyington continued designing buildings into the 1890’s and died in 1898 at the age of 80. He reported to have bragged that if all of his buildings over his 40 year career were laid side by side they would span 25 miles. He made a significant contribution to Chicago and the upper Midwest states where he designed hotels, railroad stations, governmental buildings, churches, commercial blocks, and residential mansions.