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Edward Purcell Mellon (1875-1953) was an American architect, particularly active in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Early lifeEdit

Edward Purcell Mellon was born in 1875, the son of Thomas Alexander "Tom" Mellon (and grandson of Thomas Mellon founder of Mellon Bank), and his wife Mary C. Caldwell, the sister of Alexander Caldwell, U.S. Senator for Kansas. His brother was Thomas Alexander Mellon II.


In 1919, he designed Villa Maria in Meadow Lane, Southampton, Long Island, New York, as a holiday home for his family.[1]

In 1921, his uncles, Andrew W. Mellon and Richard B. Mellon, wanted him to design the main buildings, including what is now known as the Cathedral of Learning for the University of Pittsburgh for which they were the main benefactors. The new university chancellor John Gabbert Bowman thought Mellon's work was a "waste" but paid him, and eventually engaged Charles Klauder in February 1924.[2]

Notable buildingsEdit

Personal lifeEdit

In 1940, his daughter Jane Caldwell Mellon married the New York City lawyer Craigh Leonard.[1]


Mellon died in 1953.


  1. ^ a b Sally Spanburgh (25 May 2015). Southampton Cottages of South Main Street, The: The Original Hamptons Summer Colony. Arcadia Publishing. p. 74. ISBN 978-1-62619-291-1. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  2. ^ Roger L. Geiger (31 December 2011). Iconic Leaders in Higher Education. Transaction Publishers. p. 142. ISBN 978-1-4128-4639-4. Retrieved 26 August 2015.