Biography and History

Christopher Grant La Farge was the eldest son of the artist John LaFarge, famous especially for his stained glass panels. La Farge and George Lewis Heins met at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and trained together in the Boston offices of Henry Hobson Richardson. In 1886 they opened their office, Heins & La Farge. Heins was the man on the site; LaFarge was the principal designer. Their firm is probably best known for its plans for original sections of the Cathedral St. John the Divine in New York City. LaFarge, a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) often served on advisory committees for the schools of architecture at Columbia University, M.I.T. and Princeton University, and also as trustee and secretary for the American Academy in Rome.

Source: From the finding aid for C0688

  • American Architectural Drawings. 1900-1930 (bulk), 1880-1988 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0688

    Consists of approximately 5000 early 20th-century American architectural drawings (blueprint and trace drawings), primarily by C. Grant La Farge and various firms with which he was associated, including Heins & La Farge, La Farge, Clark & Creighton, La Farge, Warren & Clark, La Farge & Morris, and La Farge & Son. There are also groups of drawings by the architects Wilson Eyre, Pennington Satterthwaite (Princeton Class of 1893), Robert Gibson, and a few miscellaneous firms.