Henry (Harry) Bacon Private Papers
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- 1881-1921 (photocopies), 1969, 1994
- Majority of material found within 1885
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Harry spent one year at Illinois State University at Champaign, Illinois, before starting his architectural career at Chamberlin & Whidden's in Boston, MA, as a draftsman. After three years there, he joined the noted New York firm of McKim, Mead & White. In 1889 Bacon won the Rotch Traveling Scholarship which provided him with two years of study and travel in Europe. Afterwards he rejoined McKim, Mead & White until 1897, when he formed a partnership with James Brite. Brite and Bacon dissolved in 1902. Thereafter Harry Bacon worked alone. On April 27, 1893, Bacon married Laura Florence Calvert, daughter of the British consul at Dardanelles, Turkey. They had no children.
Bacon collaborated with various sculptors, notably August Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French, designing the pedestals and accompanying architectural settings for statues. He also designed numerous public buildings and private homes. His crowning achievement was his design for the Lincoln Memorial, chosen in 1912 by the Fine Arts and Lincoln Memorial Commissions for erection by the U.S. Government in Washington, D.C., at the cost of $2,000,000, and dedicated in 1922.
In May 1923, Bacon stood on its steps and received from President Harding the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects, the highest distinction his fellow craftsmen could confer. Less than a year later, Harry Bacon died on February 17, 1924, in New York City. He came home to rest, however, and his gravesite can be found in Oakdale Cemetery, here in Wilmington, NC.
Dictionary of American Biography. Johnson, Allen, editor. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1964. vol. 1, pp.477-8. Howell, Andrew J. The Book of Wilmington. Wilmington, NC: Wilmington Printing Company, 1930. pp.169, 218. McKoy, Henry Bacon. The McKoy Family of North Carolina and other Ancestors Including Ancrum, Berry, Halling, Hasell, Usher. Greenville, SC: Keys Printing Company, 1955. p.58. The National Cyclopedia of American Biography. New York: James T. White & Co., 1929. University Microfilms Reprint, 1967. vol. 20, p.339. New York Times. February 17, 1924, p.23, col. 1. February 20, 1924, p.19, col. 5. February 28, 1924, p.5, col. 2.
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