Kenneth MacKenzie Murchison

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Kenneth MacKenzie Murchison (1872–1938) was a U.S. architect. He was born in New York City in 1872 and died in New York in 1938.

Murchison graduated from Columbia University in 1894 and from the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, in 1900. Two years later, he opened an office in New York where his first major commissions were for railroad stations for the Pennsylvania Railroad company. Among the stations he designed are the Delaware Lackawanna Station, Hoboken, New Jersey; both the Lackawanna Terminal and the Lehigh Terminal, Buffalo, New York, and Pennsylvania Station, Baltimore, Maryland.[1]

In New York, he was well known as one of the founders of the Beaux Arts Balls, elaborate costume parties benefiting architects who had fallen on hard times. He also was a founder of the Mendelsohn Glee Club. He lived in the Beaux Arts Apartments, which he designed, at 310 E. 44th St.[2]

Murchison died suddenly, at 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 15, 1938, "as he was emerging from the I.R.T. station in Grand Central Terminal", the New York Times reported.[2]

At the time of his death, he had started work on a new Dunes Club to replace the one destroyed a few months earlier. He was survived by his widow, Aurelie de Mauriac Murchison and two daughters, Mrs. Hays Browning and Mrs. Edoard deWardener.

Buildings[edit]

Name Location Date Built for Current use Image
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Station Scranton, Pennsylvania 1908 Lackawanna Railroad Hotel Lackawanna Station Scranton Bunnell 1908.jpg
Beaux Arts Apartments 310 E. 44th St., New York 1929–1930 Apartments
U.S. Marine Hospital Staten Island, New York
Havana Central railway station Havana, Cuba 1912 Congress of Cuba Railroad station

Estacion central havana.jpg

Munson Steamship Lines Building[3] 1 Wall Street Court, New York City 1906 Munson Steamship Company Co-op (converted in 2003)
Pennsylvania Station Johnstown, Pennsylvania 1916 Pennsylvania Railroad Johnstown PA Station.jpg
Pennsylvania Station[4] Baltimore, Maryland 1911 Pennsylvania Railroad Baltimore Pennsylvania Station corrected.jpg

He also designed:

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Dorsey, John and James D Dilts, ‘’A Guide to Baltimore Architecture’’, Tidewater Publishers, Centerville, Maryland, 1981 p 281-282
  2. ^ a b http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-09-25/news/bs-md-backstory-murchison25-20110925_1_architect-terminals-baltimore-s-penn-station/2
  3. ^ http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3601/is_35_52/ai_n16132618/
  4. ^ Dorsey, John and James D Dilts, ‘’A Guide to Baltimore Architecture’’, Tidewater Publishers, Centerville, Maryland, 1981 p 178-179