Harold Van Buren Magonigle

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Harold Van Buren Magonigle
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Born(1867-10-17)October 17, 1867
Bergen Heights, New Jersey
DiedAugust 29, 1935(1935-08-29) (aged 67)
Vergennes, Vermont
OccupationArchitect, artist, writer
(m. 1900)
Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri
McKinley Memorial, Canton, Ohio

Harold Van Buren Magonigle (1867–1935) was an American architect, artist, and author best known for his memorials. He achieved his greatest success as a designer of monuments, but his artistic practices included sculpture, painting, writing, and graphic design.[1]


Harold Van Buren Magonigle was born in Bergen Heights, New Jersey on October 17, 1867.[2] He worked for Calvert Vaux, Rotch & Tilden, Schickel and Ditmars and McKim Mead & White before opening his own practice in 1903. He was the designer of the McKinley Memorial Mausoleum in Canton, Ohio and the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri both commissions won through competitions. He designed the Core Mausoleum (1910–1915) at Elmwood Cemetery.

Magonigle and sculptor Attilio Piccirilli collaborated as architect and artist on two familiar monuments in New York City: the Monument to the USS Maine in Columbus Circle, and on the Fireman's Memorial on Riverside Drive and West 100th Street. He also designed the setting for Albert Weinert's Stevens T. Mason Monument in Detroit, Michigan, and for Robert Atken's Burritt Memorial in New Britain, Connecticut.

Magonigle's wife, Edith, whom he married on April 24, 1900, was a muralist who collaborated with her husband on a number of his projects.[2][3]

He died in Vergennes, Vermont on August 29, 1935.[4]

Magonigle's papers are held by the New York Public Library and by the Drawings and Archives Department in the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b "Harold Van Buren Magonigle papers, 1894–1939". Manuscripts and Archives Division. New York Public Library. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  2. ^ a b The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. XV. James T. White & Company. 1916. p. 365. Retrieved December 25, 2020 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ David Bernard Dearinger; National Academy of Design (U.S.) (2004). Paintings and Sculpture in the Collection of the National Academy of Design: 1826–1925. Hudson Hills. ISBN 978-1-55595-029-3.
  4. ^ "Harold Magonigle, Architect, Dead". Brooklyn Times-Union. August 30, 1935. p. 20. Retrieved December 25, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Harold Van Buren Magonigle architectural drawings and papers, circa 1894–1944". Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library. Columbia University Libraries. Retrieved November 5, 2013.

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