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White, Charles E[lmer], Jr. (1876-1936) | Lake Forest College Archives and Special Collections

Name: White, Charles E[lmer], Jr. (1876-1936)

Historical Note: Charles E. White, jr. was born in Lynn, Massachusetts  on May 18, 1876, a descendant of Revolutionary War soldiers.  He attended the Beaux Arts method architecture program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and graduated in 1895.  Other students at the time included Marion Mahoney (1894) and Raymond Hood.  After practcing with Wilcox in Burlington, Vermont, in 1903 he moved to Chicago to work for Frank Lloyd Wright.  The Weber collections at Lake foreset include fascicules from White's Olbrich Wasmuth series, showing his interest in in his Wright period in new directions in architecture then being pursued in Europe, and his launched his own Oak Park practice in 1905, the Cheney mansion (1913) there being one of his projects of the period.  After service in World War I in 1922 he linked up with former Shaw associate and MIT grad Bertram Weber, reflecting an interest in the new wave of period historicist design by then.

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