Alpheus Williams Chittenden was born in Detroit on Feb. 24, 1869 to William J. and Irene (Williams) Chittenden. He graduated from Detroit High School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he also attended the Hochschule in Charlottenburg, Germany. He entered the architectural practice in his late 20s, beginning practice in Detroit in 1898. One of his first jobs was the cafe of the Russell House, a Detroit institution. In 1903, he teamed up with Charles Kotting to form the firm Chittenden & Kotting. The pair did mostly residential work in Detroit, including a number of prestigious homes in Indian Village and the Grosse Pointes. The firm also did a number of Detroit firehouses. Chittenden is credited with the Detroit Boat Club on Belle Isle and the Detroit Stove Works plant. Chittenden died May 3, 1958. He was 89 years old.