Charles Follen McKim, 1848–1909




Newport, Rhode Island, New York City, New York, Boston, Massachusetts, Lenox, Massachusetts

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Charles F. McKim was born August 24, 1824, in Chester County, Pennsylvania. His father was James Mills McKim, an abolitionist. McKim studied first at Harvard, then from 1867-1870 at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. Entering into practice in New York in 1872, he was the founding partner of the firm McKim, Mead and White after being joined by William Mead and Stanford White.

Some of his more famous commissions include designs for the Boston Public Library, Columbia University Library, The Century Club in New York, the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York, the old Pennsylvania Station in New York.

McKim served as president of the American Institute of Architects, received a gold medal at the 1900 Paris Exposition, President of the American Academy at Rome, trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, member of the National Academy of Design, member of the American Fine Arts Society, and member of the Pennsylvania Society.

He suffered a nervous breakdown shortly before his death, supposedly brought on by stress following the 1906 murder of his partner Stanford White. (1)

Benjamin W. Colman

1. The New York Times, "Charles F. M'Kim, Architect, Dead," September 15, 1909,