American architect and partner in the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White, the front runner among Beaux-Arts firms. He designed a long series of houses for the numerous public, institutional, and religious buildings. His design principles embodied the “American Renaissance”. In 1906, White was murdered by millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw over White’s affair with Thaw’s wife, actress Evelyn Nesbit, leading to a court case which was dubbed “The Trial of the Century” by contemporary reporters. (Wikipedia)
Corner view of Neoclassical one-story stone building,
Peoples State Bank at the southeast corner of Fort and Shelby streets, designed by McKim, Mead and White and completed in 1900. Ionic columns at entrance; flat roof with balustrade; statues of two women and shield over entrance; rounded arched windows. Recorded in glass negative ledger: “D/Banks-Peoples State Bank."
Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library
Andrea Palladio, Villa Barbaro, Maser, 1554-1560 VS Erik Gunnar Asplund, Lister County Courthouse, Solvesborg, Sweden, 1917-1921 VS Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company, Old Car Barn VS McKim, Mead & White, William G. Low House, Bristol, Rhode Island, USA, 1886-1887 (demolished 1962) VS Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Braun, Vanna Venturi House, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 1959-1964 VS Paolo Zermani, Casa Zermani, Varano, Italia, 1997
grand piazza overlooking the ocean. this is a view of the house built in 1902 for the Coolidge Family of Boston. Architect was Charles McKim of McKim Mead and White. Known locally as Marble Palace it was taken down in the fifties. The 66 acres are now The Coolidge Reservation owned by The Trustees of Reservations. Manchester Massachusetts.
August 24, 1847: Charles McKim, founder and co-partner of McKim, Mead & White, architects of the first Pennsylvania Station, the second Madison Square Garden and the Pierpont Morgan Library, among other buildings, is born.
Construction of Pennsylvania Station, New York. Photograph by August Patzig, ca. 1910. McKim, Mead and White Architectural Record Collection. New-York Historical Society # 69863
Held in Chicago from May to October of 1893, it is estimated that the Exposition was visited by 27 million people (approximately one quarter of the American population at the time). For many, who had never visited Europe, it was their first exposure to classically inspired architecture, and visitors were often left wondering why their own cities could not be as beautiful as the impermanent “White City” of the fair. The aftermath of the Exposition saw the development of the City Beautiful movement, as architects—including Burnham and McKim, Mead, and White—oversaw plans to beautify, and thus “morally improve,” American cities. In Washington D.C. and Chicago re-planning happened on a large scale, but in New York the movement’s impact was more localized. Examples like the Dewey Arch of Madison Square are long gone, but Grand Army Plaza and the Brooklyn Museum building itself belong to the legacy of City Beautiful.