Mead, William Rutherford, 1846-1928

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Mead was born in Brattleboro, Vermont in 1846. Mead graduated from Amherst College in 1867, after which he studied architecture in Boston and in Europe under Russell Sturgis, Jr. Mead started an architectural partnership with Charles F. McKim in New York City in 1872. In 1879, they were joined by Charles F. McKim to form McKim, Mead, and White, of which he was principal until his death in 1928. The firm designed many of the most notable structures in the country, including the Agricultural and New York State buildings at the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893, the Boston Public Library, Rhode Island State Capitol, the old Madison Square Garden (since demolished), and the Columbia University library. In 1883, Mead wed Olga Kilyeni in Budapest, Hungary. In 1902, Amherst College conferred upon Mead the honorary degree of LL. D. Mead was the President of the American Academy in Rome until his death in 1928. Mrs. Mead died in 1936 in New York City and bequeathed her entire estate to Amherst College. Much of that bequest was used to fund construction of the Mead Art Building, designed by James Kellum Smith of McKim, Mead and White and completed in 1949.

From the description of Mead papers, 1840-2001, (bulk 1846-1950). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 51625439

William Rutherford Mead was born in Brattleboro, Vermont in 1846. Mead graduated from Amherst College in 1867, after which he studied architecture in Boston and in Europe under Russell Sturgis, Jr.

Mead started an architectural partnership with Charles F. McKim in New York City in 1872. In 1879, they were joined by Charles F. McKim to form McKim, Mead, and White, of which he was principal until his death in 1928. The firm designed many of the most notable structures in the country, including the Agricultural and New York State buildings at the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893, the Boston Public Library, Rhode Island State Capitol, the old Madison Square Garden (since demolished), and the Columbia University library.

In 1883, Mead wed Olga Kilyeni in Budapest, Hungary. In 1902, King Victor Emmanuel conferred upon Mead the decoration of Knight Commander of the Crown of Italy in recognition of his pioneer work in introducing the Roman and Italian Renaissance architectural style in America. Also in 1902, Amherst College conferred upon Mead the honorary degree of LL.D. In 1909, he recieved a degree of M.S. from Norwich University in Vermont.

Mr. and Mrs. Mead lived abroad in Rome, where Mr. Mead was the President of the American Academy in Rome until his death in 1928. When Mrs. Mead died in 1936 in New York City, her entire estate was bequeathed to Amherst College. Much of that bequest was used to fund construction of the Mead Art Building, designed by James Kellum Smith of McKim, Mead and White and completed in 1949.

From the guide to the Mead Papers, 1840-2001, 1846-1950, (Amherst College Archives and Special Collections)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf McKim, Charles Follen, 1847-1909. [Group of buildings for Teacher's College] [graphic] : [HVAC drawings] / [Tenney & Ohmes]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf McKim, Mead & White. Physics Building, Columbia University [graphic] : [plans for heating and ventilating systems] / McKim, Mead & White, architects. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf McKim, Mead & White. Kent Hall, Columbia University [graphic] : [HVAC drawings] / [McKim, Mead & White]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf McKim, Mead & White. Prints of surveys and layout of property, [John Jay Hall] [graphic] / McKim, Mead & White. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf McKim, Mead & White. [Fences, gates and other structures enclosing or enhancing the Columbia College Campus] [graphic] / McKim, Mead and White, architects. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf McKim, Mead & White. Class of 1891 Memorial Close [graphic] : [gate, steps, railings, fence and inscription] / McKim, Mead & White, architects. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf McKim, Mead & White. [Alterations to superintendant's apartment, Faculty House] : 3 [graphic] : [HVAC alterations] / McKim, Mead & White, architects ; T[enney] & O[hmes] Inc. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf McKim, Charles Follen, 1847-1909. Papers 1838-1930 1866-1909. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
creatorOf Mead Papers, 1840-2001, 1846-1950 Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Howells family papers, 1850-1954 (inclusive). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Lathrop, George Parsons, 1851-1898. Papers of George Parsons Lathrop [manuscript] , 1872-1896. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor, 1869-1924. Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue architectural drawings and papers, 1882-1980. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf McKim, Mead & White. Hamilton Hall, Columbia University, New York City [graphic] : [HVAC drawings] / [McKim, Mead & White]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue architectural drawings and papers, 1882-1980 Columbia University. Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Department of Drawings & Archives,
referencedIn Papers, 1847-1933. Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Mowbray, H. Siddons (Harry Siddons), 1858-1928. Harry Siddons Mowbray and Mowbray family papers, 1872-1976. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf McKim, Mead & White. Students' hall (Men's dormitory), Columbia University [graphic] : [working drawings] [Part 2] / McKim, Mead & White, architects. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf McKim, Mead & White. Alterations to front of University Hall, Columbia University [graphic] / McKim, Mead & White, architects. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf American Academy in Rome. American Academy in Rome records, 1855-[ca. 1981] (bulk dates 1894-1946). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn American Academy in Rome records, 1855-circa 1981 (bulk 1894-1946) Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
creatorOf McKim, Mead & White. Chemistry building, Columbia College [later called] Havemeyer Hall, Columbia University [graphic] : [working drawings] / [McKim, Mead & White] ; Nygren, Tenney & Ohmes. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf McKim, Charles Follen, 1847-1909. McKim, Mead & White : vertical file Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
creatorOf McKim, Mead & White. [Johnson Hall group, East Quadrangle, Columbia University] [graphic] /: [drawings by] W. M. Kendall ; McKim, Mead & White. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf McKim, Mead & White. Avery building, Columbia University [graphic] : [HVAC drawings] / McKim, Mead & White, architects ; Nygren, Tenney & Ohmes, consulting engineers. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Mead, William Rutherford, 1846-1928. Mead papers, 1840-2001, (bulk 1846-1950). Amherst College Library
referencedIn George Parsons Lathrop [1851-1898] Collection, 1872-1896 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
referencedIn Howells family papers, 1850-1954 (inclusive). Houghton Library.
referencedIn William Rutherford Mead collection, 1928. Brooks Memorial Library
creatorOf McKim, Mead & White. President's house, Columbia University [graphic] : [HVAC drawings] / McKim, Mead & White, architects ; Nygren, Tenney & Ohmes, consulting engineers. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf McKim, Mead & White. [Proposed buildings, North & South Field] [graphic] / [McKim, Mead & White]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Mead family. Mead family letters, 1845-1911. Brooks Memorial Library
creatorOf Mead, Larkin G. (Larkin Goldsmith), 1835-1910. Professore Larkin G Meads visitors book at studio : manuscript, 1889-1907. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf McKim, Mead & White. Students' hall (Men's dormitory), Columbia University [graphic] : [working drawings]. [Part 1] / McKim, Mead & White, architects. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Rutan, Charles H. (Charles Hercules), 1851-1914. Charles H. Rutan papers, 1870-1973. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Howells and Stokes. Chapel for Columbia University, New York City [graphic] : [HVAC drawings] / [Howells and Stokes]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf McKim, Mead & White. McKim, Mead & White architectural records and drawings, circa 1879-1958. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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associatedWith American Academy in Rome. corporateBody
associatedWith Amherst College corporateBody
associatedWith Amherst College. Class of 1867. Mead. corporateBody
associatedWith Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor, 1869-1924. person
associatedWith Howells and Stokes. corporateBody
associatedWith Howells, Elinor Mead, 1837-1910 person
associatedWith Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920 person
associatedWith Lathrop, George Parsons, 1851-1898. person
associatedWith McKim, Charles Follen, 1847-1909. person
associatedWith McKim, Mead & White. corporateBody
associatedWith Mead Art Building. corporateBody
correspondedWith Mead family. family
associatedWith Mead, Larkin G. (Larkin Goldsmith), 1835-1910. person
associatedWith Mead, Olga Kilyeni. person
associatedWith Mead, Olga Kilyeni. person
associatedWith Mowbray, H. Siddons (Harry Siddons), 1858-1928. person
associatedWith Redtop (Belmont, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Redtop (Belmont, Mass.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Robinson, Corinne Roosevelt, 1861-1933 person
associatedWith Rutan, Charles H. (Charles Hercules), 1851-1914. person
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Birth 1846-08-20

Death 1928-06-19

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