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Charles Donagh Maginnis

Charles Donagh Maginnis, Irish architect. awarded gold medal for ecclesiastical architecture.


  • Maginnis, Charles Donagh was born in 1867 in Londonderry, Ireland. Son of Charles and Bridget (McDonagh) Maginnis.

  • Education

    • Cusack’s Academy, Dublin. Winner Queen’s prize in mathematics, Southern Kensingtoon, London, 1883. Doctor of Laws, Boston College, 1921, Holy Cross College, 1925.

      Doctor of Hebrew Literature, Tufts College, 1931. Doctor Arts, Harvard, 1949. Came to America in 1885.


    • Began practice, Boston, 1886. Member firm of Maginnis & Walsh. Especially devoted to ecclesiastical architecture.


    • Author: Pen Drawing, 1898. Writer on architecture and pen illustration, for professional magazines. Lecturer on ecclesiastical art.


    Member Municipal Art Commission, Boston, 1909-1917. Member Massachusetts State Art Commission, 1911-1920, chairman, 1916-1920. Member visiting consultant Architectural School, Harvard, since 1935.

    (Fellow) The American Institute of Architects (president 1937-1940). Member Boston Society Architects, American Academy Arts and Sciences. Member Royal Institute of British Architects.

    Member Architectural Association of Chili. Member National Academy of Design, Academy Arts and Letters, Boston Architectural. Club, Saturday; Clubs: St. Botolph, Tavern.

    Union (all of Boston), Century (New York.


    • Married Amy Brooks, 1907 (deceased). Children: Alice Maria, Charles D., John (deceased), Elizabeth, Paul.
    • father: Charles Maginnis
    • mother: Bridget (McDonagh) Maginnis
    • spouse: Amy Brooks
    • children: Alice Maria Maginnis
    • Charles D. Maginnis
    • John Maginnis (deceased)
    • Elizabeth Maginnis
    • Paul Maginnis
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    Born 1867
    Died February 15, 1955
    (aged 88)