About Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes
Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes (1867 – 1944) was an American architect. He was the oldest son of multimillionaire Anson Phelps Stokes, and graduated from Harvard in 1891. He designed St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University and several urban housing projects in New York City. Sanger Hill, a New York State country house in the English manner, represents his private housing work.
He authored a six volume work entitled The Iconography of Manhattan Island, published between 1915 and 1928, and he later became a political ally and then a friend of New York Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia.
In 1910, Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes dismantled a large timber framed house, formerly the Queens Head, located next to what is now the A140 Ipswich to Norwich route in Thwaite, Suffolk, UK. He transported it in 688 crates from Tilbury Docks to the USA, where it was re-constructed using the timbers of a wrecked English ship, on a hill overlooking Long Island Sound near Greenwich, Connecticut. It was renamed High Low House (one of its former names whilst standing in Thwaite).