Charles F. McKim, 1847-1909; William R. Mead, 1846-1928; and Stanford White, 1853-1906, formed the best-known architecture firm of America’s Gilded Age and designed many of the most iconic buildings, including the Boston Public Library, Washington Square Arch, and the campuses of Columbia and New York Universities. The firm also built opulent residences and private clubs for the nation’s wealthiest and most powerful, buildings that are now well-loved cultural institutions.
McKim, Mead & White: Selected Works 1879-1915, the next work in the Princeton Architectural Press Classics of Architecture series, published in association with the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, collects the work of these influential architects and their successors. Combining the original four volumes into one, this magnificent edition emphasizes the firm’s classical works, especially those dating from the late 1890s onward.
The amount of work produced by the partners and the firm between the early 1870s and 1920 is staggering, encompassing approximately 1,000 major projects. As the years progressed, the work of the firm grew in size and complexity. Houses, a mainstay of the firm’s early work, disappeared from their collection except for a few country estates and large mansions, such as the Whitney, Vanderbilt, Pyne, and Redmond-Villars residences in New York City. In their place, big public buildings dominated, as is shown in the wings to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston’s Symphony Hall, the Minneapolis Museum of Art, and giant-domed banks and large apartment buildings.