William Rutherford Mead (1846-1928)

Rutherford Mead, Architect, of McKim, Mead & White, New York

Mead was the business arm in the celebrated architectural firm, McKim, Mead & White that put up so many of the Gilded Age mansions and civic buildings. The firm's domestic commissions were usually undertaken by Stanford White, but in 1893 Mead personally designed Woodlea for his sister's brother-in-law.