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RITCH, John Warren, architect, born in Putnam county, New York, 22 June, 1822. He came to New York in 1831, and, after spending eleven years in the office of William Hurry, the architect, he established himself in 1846 in the practice of his profession in New York city, where he has since continued. Among his important works in New York city are the Bank of commerce, the Union dime savings bank, the buildings of the American express company and the Merchants' despatch company, St. Luke's hospital, the State emigrant hospital, the Nursery and child's hospital, and the artificial islands and Quarantine hospital in the lower bay. He also designed and erected the bridge that crossed Broadway at Fulton street from 1867 till its removal two years later. During 1847-'8 he edited the "American Architect."
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