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.
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.
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.
|Name||Location||Date||Built for||Current use||Image|
|Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Station||Scranton, Pennsylvania||1908||Lackawanna Railroad||Hotel|
|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|
|Munson Steamship Lines Building||1 Wall Street Court, New York City||1906||Munson Steamship Company||Co-op (converted in 2003)|
|Pennsylvania Station||Johnstown, Pennsylvania||1916||Pennsylvania Railroad|
|Pennsylvania Station||Baltimore, Maryland||1911||Pennsylvania Railroad|
He also designed:
- New Union Station, Jacksonville, Florida.
- Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Station-Johnstown (Amtrak station)
- Jamaica (LIRR station), Jamaica, New York.
- Long Beach (LIRR station), Long Beach, New York.
- The original Dunes Club, Narragansett, Rhode Island. (Only the gatehouse remains after the 1938 hurricane.)
- Sands Point Bath Club, East Egg, LI (destroyed by fire in 1986)
- West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills, New York
- New Colonial Hotel, Nassau
- First National Bank Building, Hoboken, New Jersey
- The Murchison Building, Wilmington, North Carolina
- Co-op Apartments, 39 E. 79th St., New York.
- The Tully House (Residence), Mill Neck, New York
- Luola Chapel, built at Orton Plantation in Brunswick, North Carolina, in memory of his sister who died in 1916. He also added wings to the main house.
- Summer Residences, Narragansett, Rhode Island
- Primelles Building, Havana, Cuba (American Architect. Vol. 119, Part 1)
- St. Elmo Hall, home to the St. Elmo Society, at 111 Grove Street at Yale University, today known as Rosenfeld Hall.
- Dorsey, John and James D Dilts, ‘’A Guide to Baltimore Architecture’’, Tidewater Publishers, Centerville, Maryland, 1981 p 281-282
- Dorsey, John and James D Dilts, ‘’A Guide to Baltimore Architecture’’, Tidewater Publishers, Centerville, Maryland, 1981 p 178-179
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