Whitney Warren

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Whitney Warren
Whitney Warren.jpg
Born (1864-01-29)January 29, 1864
New York City
Died January 24, 1943(1943-01-24) (aged 78)
Alma mater École des Beaux-Arts
Occupation Architect
Buildings library Catholic University of Leuven

Whitney Warren (January 29, 1864 – January 24, 1943) was an architect with Charles Delevan Wetmore (1866–1941) at Warren and Wetmore in New York City.

Life and career[edit]

He was born in New York City, and spent ten years (1885-1894) at the École des Beaux-Arts. There he studied under Honoré Daumet and Charles Girault,[1] and met fellow architecture student Emmanuel Louis Masqueray, who would, in 1897, join the Warren and Wetmore firm. He began practice in New York City in 1887 as an architect.

During World War I, Warren was involved in organising the Comité des Étudiants Américains de l'École des Beaux-Arts Paris; a student-run charity in support of the French cause. He also supported actively the claims of Italy in the Adriatic, during and after the war. He was an intimate friend of Gabriele d'Annunzio, and was appointed diplomatic representative in the United States of the "Free State of Fiume". He was the author of Les Justes Revendications de l'Italie: la Question de Trente, de Trieste et de l'Adriatique. Many of his addresses, delivered 1914-1919, were published and widely distributed.[1]

Whitney Warren retired in 1931 but occasionally served as consultant. Warren took particular pride in his design of the new library building of the Catholic University of Leuven, which was finished in 1928. The library was severely damaged by British and German forces during World War II, but was completely restored after the war.

Two of the firm's major works were the Grand Central Terminal and the Biltmore Hotel, both in New York City [2]


His brother Lloyd Warren was also an architect.[3] He was a cousin of the Vanderbilts.


Works by Warren are found in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.[4]


  1. ^ a b Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1922). "Warren, Whitney". Encyclopædia Britannica (12th ed.). London & New York. 
  2. ^ http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu//oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=hou00340
  3. ^ "Sleep-Walk Plunge Kills Lloyd Warren; Famous Architect Falls From His Sixth-Floor Apartment in Early Morning. Suicide Theory Discarded. Victim Had Suffered From Somnambulism. Created BeauxArts Institute". New York Times. October 26, 1922. Retrieved 2010-07-25. Lloyd Warren, architect, was found dead yesterday morning in an areaway below his bedroom at 1 West Sixtyfourth Street. It is believed that he fell accidentally while opening the window of his apartment, which is on the eighth floor. Mr. Warren who was founder of the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design, and a brother of Whitney Warren, the architect, ... Subject to Sleep-Walking. Not a Suicide, Says Doctor. 
  4. ^ Whitney Warren | People | Collection of Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

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