Edward Pearce Casey (1864 - 1940)

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Birthplace: Portland, Cumberland, ME
Death: Died in New York City, New York, NY
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Edward Pearce Casey (1864–1940), was an American designer and architect, noted for his work in Washington, D.C. and New York City.

Early life and education

Edward Pearce Casey was born June 18, 1864, in Portland, Maine; where his father, Brigadier-General Thomas Lincoln Casey, served during the Civil War. Edward was educated at the Emerson Institute of Washington, D.C.; and graduated from the School of Mines of Columbia University; he received the degree of C.E. in 1886 and that of architect in 1888. He studied also at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France.

Prior to completion of his schooling, Casey served in the 7th Regiment of the New York National Guard, where the portrait photo accompanying this article was taken, c. 1885.

Career and later life

Beginning in 1892, Casey assisted his father in design and construction of the Thomas Jefferson Building, first building in the Library of Congress complex. Following his father’s death in 1896, Edward became the supervising architect for the completion of the building. In 1893 he was one of the six equal prize winners in the New York City Hall competition; and in 1900 won the first prize for a design for Taft Bridge over Rock Creek in Washington, D.C. In 1901, he won another design competition, for a design for the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Soon after completion of the Grant Memorial, Casey moved to New York City, where he continued his architectural practice. In 1905-06, Casey designed a new façade for a rebuild of the rectory at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Manhattan. Casey died on January 2, 1940, and is buried in the family plot at the Casey Farm in Rhode Island.

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June 18, 1864
Portland, Cumberland, ME
January 2, 1940
Age 75
New York City, New York, NY