Charles Coolidge Haight (1841-1917)

This collection contains architectural drawings by various delineators and photographs of completed buildings designed by architect Charles Coolidge Haight in and around New York City, between circa 1860 and 1917.

These projects include General Theological Seminary; the School of Mines at Columbia University; Christ Church; St. Ignatius Chapel; and Trinity School--all in New York City. Also documented are the Chapel of Saint Cornelius the Centurion on Governors Island, New York; buildings at Yale University; the Keney Memorial Tower in Hartford, Connecticut, a residence in Lenox, Massachusetts; and miscellaneous and unidentified projects. Additionally found in the collection are a contract and specifications from 1881 for a hospital for contagious diseases to be built for the New York City Health Department on North Brother Island in New York City, as well as reproductions of architectural drawings for this hospital.


Born in New York City in 1841, Haight received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in 1861 and enlisted in the Union Army in the following year. After his discharge, Haight returned to New York to work for Emlyn Little, a fellow soldier. Haight opened his private practice in New York in 1867. Haight received numerous commissions for residential and institutional work, and was the principal architect of the Midtown New York City campus of Columbia College in the 1870s and 1880s. He was also the primary architect for the Trinity Corporation, designing warehouses and apartment houses throughout New York City. Much of Haight's work was in the Collegiate Gothic style, which served well for commissions for Union Theological Seminary in New York City; St. Stephen's College (now Bard College) in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Keney Memorial Tower in Hartford, Connecticut; and the Vanderbilt Dormitory at Yale University, among others. Haight retired from practice in the 1910s and died at his home in Garrison, New York, in 1917.

Charles Coolidge Haight. G. W. Folsom Residence, Lenox, Mass., circa 1886. 1000.018.00033. Charles Coolidge Haight. G. W. Folsom Residence, Lenox, Mass., circa 1886. 1000.018.00033.

Also at Columbia, the University Archives holds five obituaries for Haight within their biographical files, as well as Haight's Alumni Federation information card, which notes his educational degrees and dates earned, a brief employment history, and some personal information.