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Charles Follen McKim, 19th Century American Architect

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Portrait of 19th century architect Charles Follen McKim by Frances Benjamin Johnston

Portrait of 19th century architect Charles Follen McKim by Frances Benjamin Johnston

Library of Congress online catalog #LC-USZ62-58760

With his partners Stanford White and William R. Mead, architect Charles Follen McKim designed grand Beaux Arts buildings, important mansions, and also relaxed Shingle Style homes.

Born:

August 24, 1847 in Chester County, Pennsylvania

Died:

September 14, 1909 at his summer home in St. James, Long Island, New York

Education:

  • One year at the Lawrence Scientific School at Harvard University
  • 1867-1870: Studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris

Related People:

  • 1867: Worked briefly in the New York office of Russel Sturgis
  • 1870: Joined the office of Henry Hobson Richardson
  • 1877: Partnered with William R. Mead
  • 1879: Stanford White joined the partnership and the firm of McKim, Mead & White was established

Important Projects:

The architectural firm McKim, Mead, & White designed both relaxed summer homes and grand public buildings. Landmark examples include:

Important Styles:

About Charles Follen McKim:

Charles Follen McKim studied at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and, with his partners Stanford White and William R. Mead, he applied Beaux Arts ideas to grand American buildings like the Boston Public Library and Pennsylvania Station in New York City.

However, McKim was drawn to the clean lines of American Colonial architecture, and he admired the simple architecture of Japan and rural France. The architectural firm McKim, Mead, & White became known for informal, open plan Shingle Style houses designed shortly after the partnership was formed.

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