Charles Murphy (architect)

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Charles Murphy
Born Charles F. Murphy
February 9, 1890
Jersey City, NJ
Died May 22, 1985(1985-05-22) (aged 95)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Josephine C. Murphy (b. 1901 / m. 1926 / d. Feb. 9, 1999)
Children 2 sons (Charles, Jr. and Robert)

Charles Francis Murphy (1890 – 1985) was an American architect based in Chicago, Illinois.


Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Murphy was educated at the De La Salle Institute in Chicago.

Murphy's first job was as a secretary, joining the offices of D.H. Burnham & Company in 1911, where he was steadily promoted to become personal secretary to the architect Ernest Graham. When Graham died in 1937, Murphy moved on to co-found the architectural practice Shaw, Naess & Murphy, though he still had no formal training as an architect. The practice was later renamed C. F. Murphy Associates and then Murphy/Jahn Inc. in 1983 as Helmut Jahn took over as president.

Murphy was awarded an honorary degree from St. Xavier University in 1961, and became a fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1964.

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