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Warren & Wetmore

Warren & Wetmore. Successful NYC firm of architects practising from the 1890s to c.1930, founded by Whitney Warren (1864–1943) and Charles D. Wetmore (1866–1941). Warren's Paris Beaux-Arts training was apparent in the New York Yacht Club (1898–9) and the Grand Central Terminal, New York (with Charles A. Reed (1858–1911) and Allen H. Stem (1856–1931)—1903–13). Among other works may be cited the Biltmore Hotel, Madison Avenue/43rd Street (1914), Marshall Field Building, 200 Madison Avenue (1920), Equitable Trust Building, Madison Avenue (1918), the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu (1927), and the rebuilding of the University Library, Leuven, Belgium (1920— which had been destroyed by the Germans in the 1914–18 war).

Bibliography

Fitch & and Waite (1974);
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, xlv/3 (Sept. 1986), 270–85;
Meeks (1964);
Placzek (ed.) (1982);
K. Powell (1996);
Jane Turner (1996)

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Warren, Whitney

Whitney Warren, 1864–1943, American architect, b. New York City, studied at the École des Beaux-Arts. He began practice in New York City in 1894. Later he joined with Charles D. Wetmore in a firm that had one of the most extensive practices of its time and was known for the designing of large hotels. Warren and Wetmore's New York works include the Grand Central Terminal (1903–13, built in collaboration with the firm Reed and Stem), the New York Central office building, the Chelsea docks, and the Ritz-Carlton, Biltmore, Commodore, and Ambassador hotels. After World War I they were entrusted with the reconstruction of the historic library of the Univ. of Louvain, Belgium, which had been destroyed by the Germans who again demolished it in 1940.

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