Charles McKim

Charles McKim was a founding partner of McKim, Mead, and White. His Beaux-Arts buildings - especially his notable New York City works - made him one of the most celebrated architects of the late 1800s.

Charles Follem McKim was one of the most important architects in the late 19th century - and one of the best known. He attended Harvard University and studied in Paris at the École des Beaux-Arts. Together with William Rutherford Mead and Stanford White, he founded the most successful U.S. architectural firm of his time - McKim, Mead, and White. The firm was known for their informal style summer houses, but McKim was best known for his exemplary American Renaissance style architecture.

With the help of Richard Morris Hunt, McKim founded the American School of Architecture in Rome, 1894.

McKim received much recognition in his lifetime, including honorary doctorates from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Columbia, the Medaille d'Or at the Paris Exposition, the AIA Gold Medal, and a gold medal from Edward VII of the United Kingdom and was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Charles Follem McKim was born August 24, 1847 in Pennsylvania. His Father was a strong abolitionist (Charles was named after a prominent abolitionist); his mother was a Quaker. He died suddenly in St. James, Long Island, New York on September 14, 1909.