John Merven Carrère (1858-1911)
John Merven Carrère, Architect, of Carrère & Hastings, New York
He was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, before gaining employment with New York's pre-eminent firm of the period, McKim, Mead, and White. There, he met Thomas Hastings and they went into practice together from 1885 to 1911, when Carrere was killed in a car accident. The firm's first success was the Ponce de León Hotel in St. Augustine, Florida, which they designed for Henry Flagler. They rose to National prominence by winning the competition for the New York Public Library in 1897, beating their old firm, McKim, Mead & White. They designed commercial buildings, elaborate residences, and prominent public buildings mainly in New York, Washington, but also in Toronto, London, Paris, Rome, and Havana.
Contributed by Mark Meredith on 06/08/2019 and last updated on 06/08/2019.