A pioneering architect from the early half of the 20th century who had summers in Greenlawn was honored with a permanent historical marker in the hamlet.
Fay Kellogg was considered the leading architect of her time and an advocate for women’s rights, Huntington City officials said when the marker was unveiled on Tuesday.
“Today we honor Fay Kellogg’s contributions, not just the contributions she made here in Huntington, but the legacy and example she left all working women,” said city overseer Chad Lupinacci.
Lupinacci was joined by numerous elected and appointed officials, including city council members Mark Cuthbertson, Joan Cergol, Ed Smyth, and members of the Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association. which secured a grant to finance the purchase of the marker.
The marker was on 22 Boulevard Ave. placed where Kellogg was commissioned in 1911 to design a new home and post office for Greenlawn’s postmaster near the entrance to the new train station across from the fire station. The building continued to be used as a post office until 1929, city officials said. It is now a residence.
Kellogg was born in Pennsylvania in 1871. She studied in Washington, DC, at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and Paris.
She helped design the Hall of Records on Chambers Street in Manhattan while working for architect John R. Thomas. She later founded her own architectural office in 1903. She designed numerous buildings in New York and a skyscraper in San Francisco. She was the lead architect on all American News Company construction projects across the country.
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In 1907 and 1909, it bought 15 acres of land in Greenlawn, city officials said. She spent six months a year in Greenlawn raising chickens and commuting to town, city officials said.
Kellogg died in her Brooklyn home in July 1918, aged 47, after falling ill in the spring of 1918 when the Spanish pandemic influenza was first detected in US military camps. While her obituary says she “had a breakdown,” it has been speculated that Kellogg was a victim of the 1918 pandemic, Lupinacci said.
Deborah Morris is a Long Island native and covers the city of Huntington.