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Maginnis, Charles Donagh, 1867-1955



  • Existence: 1867 - 1955

Biographical Note

Charles Donagh Maginnis immigrated to America in 1885 with his widowed mother, brothers, and sisters and eventually settled in Boston. In 1891 Maginnis began work as a designer in the office of Edmund M. Wheelwright. In 1898, Maginnis went into partnership with Timothy F. Walsh and Matthew Sullivan to form Maginnis, Walsh and Sullivan. In 1906, Sullivan withdrew and the firm was renamed Maginnis & Walsh. Maginnis served as the first president of the Liturgical Arts Society in 1932 and president of the American Institute of Architects from 1936 to 1937. Maginnis was wary of the "modern" philosophy of art and architecture; he called for a reasonable and fresh approach to ecclesiastical design.

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Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Robert P. Walsh collection of Maginnis & Walsh


These papers contain materials related to the architectural work of Charles D. Maginnis and Timothy F. Walsh, partners in the twentieth-century Boston architectural firm of Maginnis & Walsh, collected by Robert P. Walsh, a draftsman and architect for the firm. They contain correspondence, publications, manuscripts, research notes, architectural sketches, drawings, photographs, ephemera, and a scrapbook.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1906-1975, undated; Majority of material found within 1941 - 1955