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Millcom, a communication, consulting, and publishing firm located on the side of Prospect Mountain in New York, included a “floating” three-building complex that featured a koi pond with waterfalls and fountains, and spacious outdoor decks.

Millcom was established in 1960 as a communication, consulting, and publishing firm founded by Irvine Millgate, a Professor of Humanities at Northwestern University. 5 It specialized in human communications, and specifically in the field of conflict resolution. 2 3 5

Millgate chose to locate Millcom on Prospect Mountain, with Buildings A and B built between 1963 and 1965, and Building C added between 1966 and 1968 at the total cost of $675,000. 5 To preserve the rustic character and environment of the area, the structures were built atop stilts as to not require complex earthmoving for the foundations. The buildings also included a sod roof and a koi pond with waterfalls and fountains. 2

The company attempted to construct a fourth building in 1976, but experienced delays and rejections under new zoning regulations, largely because the 54-foot height of the proposed structure exceeded the new height limit by one foot. 1

Millcom declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December 1998 4 and was acquired by CPP. 3



  1. Swanson, David. “Tuxedo industries face cloudy future.” Times Herald Record [Middletown], 26 Sept. 1976, p. 9-42.
  2. Harniman, Kenneth. “Sterling Forest Centered on ‘Brink of Tomorrow.'” Journal News [White Plains], 30 Nov. 1968, p. 5.
  3. Kilmann, Ralph H. “A Brief History of the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument.” Kilmann Diagnostics. Article.
  4. Levy, Larry. “Tulsa Debt Collector Faces Big Legal Debt.” Daily Oklahoman [Oklahoma City], 30 Dec. 1998.
  5. “Property History.” Unique Tuxedo New York Office Complex for Sale.

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