Charles C. Haight

Charles Coolidge Haight (March 17, 1841 – February 9, 1917) was an American architect who practiced in New York City. He designed most of the buildings at Columbia College's now-demolished old campus on Madison Avenue, and designed numerous buildings at Yale University, many of which have survived (even though Yale's collegiate-gothic architecture is more often associated with the better known James Gamble Rogers). He designed the master plan and many of the buildings on the campus of the General Theological Seminary in Chelsea, New York, most of which have survived. Haight's architectural drawings and photographs are held in the Dept. of Drawings and Archives at the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University in New York City.

Charles Coolidge Haight
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St. Cornelius the Centurion (1907), Governors Island
Born(1841-03-17)March 17, 1841
DiedFebruary 9, 1917(1917-02-09) (aged 75)
Alma materColumbia University
Spouse(s)Euphemia Kneeland
Parent(s)Rev. Benjamin I. Haight and Hetty Coolidge
BuildingsGeneral Theological Seminary, New York


Haight was born at New York City on March 17, 1841, the son of Rev. Benjamin I. Haight and his wife, Hetty Coolidge. He graduated from Columbia College in 1861, and studied law at Columbia until the outbreak of America's Civil War. In 1862, Haight enlisted at Baltimore with New York's Seventh Regiment, and then fought with the Thirty-first New York Volunteers. In 1864, he was wounded during the Battle of the Wilderness, after which he retired from military service.[1] After the war, Haight apprenticed with the architect Emlen T. Littel (1840–91) until 1867 when he opened his own office.

In 1865, Haight married Euphemia Kneeland (1842–1909),[2] with whom he had four children. He died at his home in Garrison, New York in 1917.[3]

Selected worksEdit

Buildings at Yale UniversityEdit

Buildings in New York CityEdit

  • Sheltering Arms Asylum for Children, West 129th Street, New York City (completed 1870; demolished 1945), now the site of the Sheltering Arms Playground.[9]
  • School of Mines, Columbia College (completed 1874; demolished).[5]
  • Hamilton Hall, College College (completed 1880; demolished).[5]
  • Manhattan Ear and Eye Hospital, East 41st St., New York City (completed 1880).
  • Law School, Columbia College (completed 1882; demolished).
  • Warehouse, Trinity Corporation, 440 Canal St., New York City (completed 1882).
  • General Theological Seminary, New York City, Campus Master Plan (completed 1883).[10]
  • Brooks Brothers Building, 932-938 Broadway, New York City (completed 1884; demolished).[5]
  • Library, Columbia College (completed 1884; demolished).[5]
  • Warehouse, 443 Greenwich St., Tribeca, New York City (completed 1884; converted to condominiums).
  • Apartment Bldg. for Robert F. Cutting, East 14th St., New York City (completed 1886).
  • Church of the Reformation, 130 Stanton St., New York City (completed 1886).[11]
  • New York Cancer Hospital, West 106th St., New York City (completed 1887), modeled after a French Renaissance château at Le Lude, Sarthe.
  • Down Town Association, 60 Pine St., New York City (completed 1887).
  • Trinity Parish Vestry Office, Church Street, New York City (completed 1887).[12]
  • General Theological Seminary, East Quadrangle (various buildings completed by 1887).[10][13]
  • General Theological Seminary, Chapel of the Good Shepherd (completed 1888).[10]
  • Warehouse, 149-151 Franklin Street, New York City (completed 1888).[14]
  • Higgins Hall, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York (south wing completed February 1889).[15]
  • Henry Osborne Havemeyer House, One East 66th Street, New York City (completed 1889; demolished).
  • Oliver H. Payne House, 852 Fifth Avenue, New York City (completed 1889; demolished).
  • Daniel Willis James House, Park Avenue, New York City (completed 1890).
  • Warehouse, 55-57 North Moore Street, New York City (completed 1890).[16]
  • American Music Hall (American Theater), West 42nd St., New York City (completed 1893; demolished 1932).[17]
  • Trinity School, Lower School Building, 139 West 91st Street, New York City (completed 1894).[18]
  • General Theological Seminary, West Quadrangle (various buildings completed by 1900).[10][13]
  • Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, West End Ave., New York City (completed 1902).[19]
  • 108 Waverly Place, Greenwich Village, New York (altered 1906).
  • Chapel of St. Cornelius the Centurion, Governors Island, New York (completed 1906–1907).
  • Warehouse, 330 Hudson St., New York City (completed 1910; addition by others 2014).
  • Second Field Artillery Armory, Bronx, New York (completed 1911).

Buildings outside New York CityEdit



  1. ^ Obituary, Columbia Alumni News, 1917.
  2. ^ The New York Times, September 20, 1865.
  3. ^ Levy, Florence Nightingale (1917). American Art Directory, Volume 14. The American Federation of the Arts. p. 323.
  4. ^ a b c Elizabeth Mills Brown, New Haven, a Guide to Architecture and Urban Design (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1976).
  5. ^ a b c d e Montgomery Schuyler, "The Work of Charles Coolidge Haight," The Architectural Record, July 1899.
  6. ^ a b c d Report of the Treasurer, Yale University, 1910, page 31.
  7. ^ Patrick Pinnell, The Campus Guide: Yale University (Princeton Architectural Press, 1999).
  8. ^ Robert A.M. Stern, The New Residential Colleges at Yale (New York: The Monacelli Press, 2017), page 31.
  9. ^ "Sheltering Arms Playground Highlights - Sheltering Arms Pool : NYC Parks".
  10. ^ a b c d Chelsea Historic District Designation Report, NYC Landmarks Commission, 1970.
  11. ^ The New York Times, October 20, 1885.
  12. ^ Montgomery Schuyler, "The Work of Charles Coolidge Haight," The Architectural Record, July 1899, page 14.
  13. ^ a b "artnet AG Products - Investor Relations".
  14. ^ Montgomery Schuyler, "The Work of Charles Coolidge Haight," The Architectural Record, July 1899, page 42.
  15. ^ Charlotte Morrill, History of Adelphi College, 1916, page 159.
  16. ^ Tribeca West Historic District Designation Report, NYC Landmarks Commission, 1991.
  17. ^ Montgomery Schuyler, "The Work of Charles Coolidge Haight," The Architectural Record, July 1899, page 45.
  18. ^ Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, The Landmarks of New York (Albany: SUNY Press, 2011).
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-05-29. Retrieved 2007-01-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ George B. Hopson, Reminiscences of St. Stephen's College, 1910, page 30.
  21. ^ "National Register of Historical Places - CONNECTICUT (CT), Hartford County".
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-06-17. Retrieved 2007-01-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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