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.The actual name of the location has been modified to protect the location as much as possible from vandalism.
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 of 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