John Mead Howells (1868 - 1959)

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Birthplace: Cambridge, MA, USA
Death: Died in New York, NY, USA
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About John Mead Howells

American architect. He worked with McKim, Mead, & White before establishing an office with Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes (1867-1944) in New York (1897). The firm designed the Madison Square Church Mission House, NYC (1898), and Woodbridge Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT (1901), the latter resembling an C18 Parisian hôtel. Generally, their work was restrained, eclectic, and sensitive to context. The First Congregationalist Church, Danbury, CT (1909), reflected Howells's interest in American Colonial C18 architecture. Stokes developed interests in philanthropic work, notably the housing of the working classes, and published The Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909 (1915-28). The partnership was dissolved in 1917, but Howells designed (with Raymond Hood and J. A. Fouilhoux) the Chicago Tribune Tower (1922-5), drawing on French Flamboyant Gothic precedents. Howells and Hood collaborated on the Daily News Building, NYC (1929-30), and Howells himself was responsible for the Panhellenic (later Beekman) Tower, NYC (1928), with Art Deco modelling. He was a sensitive restorer of early American architecture, and wrote much, including Lost Examples of Colonial Architecture (1931) and The Architectural Heritage of the Merrimack (1941).


John Mead Howells (August 14, 1868 – September 22, 1959) was an American architect. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts as the son of author William Dean Howells, he studied architecture at Harvard and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he met his future partners, I. N. Phelps Stokes and Raymond Hood. In 1897 Howells founded, with the former, Howells & Stokes, with which he helped design St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University. The two went their separate ways, however, after 1913, with Howells choosing to pursue commercial projects and eventually partnering with Raymond Hood, with whom Howells designed the Beekman Tower and the Daily News Building in New York City as well as the Tribune Tower in Chicago.

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August 14, 1868
Cambridge, MA, USA
September 22, 1959
Age 91
New York, NY, USA