Charles Follen McKim (August 24, 1847 - September 14, 1909) was one of the most prominent American Beaux-Arts architects of the late nineteenth century. McKim studied architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris before joining the office of Henry Hobson Richardson in 1870. McKim formed his own firm in partnership with William R. Mead, joined in 1877 by fellow Richardson protegé Stanford White, under the firm name McKim, Mead, and White (q.v. for list of works). He was best known as an exponent of the neoclassical style of architecture, exemplified by his work on the Boston Public Library's main building and the Morningside Heights campus of Columbia University.
McKim received numerous awards during his lifetime, including the Medaille d'Or at the 1900 Paris Exposition, a gold medal from Britain's King Edward VII, and honorary doctorates from Penn and Columbia. He was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1877, and received the AIA's gold medal posthumously, in 1909.