Heritage and Preservation

The Scots Who Built New York's Landmarks


CHARLES McKIM

1845-1900 Charles McKim was senior partner in McKim Mead and White, the premier architectural firm in the United States at the turn of the 20th Century. McKim overcame personal setbacks to become one of the finest architects of the century.

Amongst his outstanding buildings are The Loeb Library and The University Club, his jewel. We suffer at the loss of Pennsylvania Station, which in passing led to the creation of NYC's Landmark Preservation Commission.




Charles McKim of McKim, Mead & White was the architect for the historic University Club.


MICHAEL MISCIONE, the Manhattan Borough Historian, a native New Yorker, was appointed Borough Historian by the Manhattan Borough President in June of 2006. As the borough's official history booster he oversees a team of community historians; hosts history talks, ceremonies and workshops and fields questions about city history from the press and public.

Mr. Miscione has written articles about New York City history for the New York Times, the New York Post, the Gotham Gazette and other publications. He contributed entries to the "The Greatest Grid," a book about the history of the Manhattan street grid.

Previously, Mr. Miscione was a senior television producer for NYC-TV where he created many nonfiction programs including an award-winning historical documentary that depicted the contentious political struggle to consolidate the five boroughs in 1898.


JOHN KINNEAR, Principal of John Kinnear Architects and President of the American Friends of the Georgian Group, has an architectural practice based in Manhattan, which undertakes projects throughout the United States.

The firm is noted for its historical preservation as well as new structures incorporating traditional design styles.

Recent projects include the restoration of the Ruth Mansion in Delaware, 26 Commerce Street in Greenwich Village, and The Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden in Hanover Square for which he was the Project Architect.

You may view or download a PDF (17MB) of John Kinnear's Powerpoint presentation here.