Joseph “Joe” Bartlett Acken (1875-1930) [RA 1898-1930]
American architect, artist and philosopher ;
Joe B. Acken ; Jos. B. Acken ; Joseph B. Acken ; J.B. Acken ; J. B. Acken ;
[Born March 27, 1871 in Plumer, Venango county, PA – died January 14, 1930 in Hillsborough, FL]


SAL record control number: 63471 ;

Record level: Person ;

Record type: Artist ;



Birth: March 27, 1871 in Plumer, Venango county, PA ;
Death: January 14, 1930 in Hillsborough, FL ;
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: White ; 
Aries ;

Known for: Florida landscape paintings ;
Medium: Oil ;
Technique: Painting ;
Subjects: Florida ; landscapes ;

Areas: Bergen, NJ (1880) ; New York, NY ; Paris, France ; Tampa, FL (1915-1930) ;
Region: North East ; South East ;
Lived: 209 Cedar Avenue, Tampa, FL ; Haworth Borough, Bergen, NJ (1900-1905) ; Hyde Park Ave, Tampa, FL (1920-1930) ;
Father: Samuel I. Acken ;
Mother: Catherine F Acken ;
Relatives: Henry S. Acken, brother ;
Spouse: unmarried ; Ralph Moulthrop, called his lifelong friend and companion ;
Children: none ;

Training: City College of New York, New York, NY ; Columbia University, School of Architecture, New York, NY ; L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France ; Private study under George Inness, Jr. (1854-1926) ;
Instructors: George Inness, Jr. (1854-1926) ;
Work: Worked at McKim, Mead & White, New York, NY, the architectural firm ; Assisted in the design of Forest Hills Gardens, an English colony near New York ; Designed and build many country homes of New York millionaires ;


Member: Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, artist member and secretary ; Union League Club of New York, New York, NY ; Columbia University Club, New York, NY ; Alpha Alpha chapter of Beta Theta Pi ; Order of Saint Benoit ; Tampa Art institute, Tampa, FL ; Builders Exchange ; Associated Architects of Florida, FL ;
Salmagundi membership: November 30, 1898 – The following named candidates for membership were considered, approved and recommended for election…
Mr. Joseph Acken, Architect, Demarest, NJ. Proposer John Fish Jr (1836-1916), seconds Charles Howard Sherman (1852-1934), John Sanford Saltus (1853-1922), and (Robert) Bruce Crane (1857-1937).
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Milestones: Known as the philosopher artist of Plant Park, Tampa, FL ; Became an invalid at the height of his architectural career and moved to FL from New York ; Lived in pain daily for 16 years ; Close friends with artist George Inness, Jr. (1854-1926), who taught him painting and Moses Lawrence Blumenthal (1879-1955), the illustrator ; Started painting in 1915 when he became an invalid ; Espoused philosophy daily at the Plant Park, Tampa, FL, where they donated a concrete memorial bench in his honor after he past ; Painted in the manor of Corot ;





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January 1, 1898

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