​Charles Marquedant Burns Jr.

​by John McLure Hamilton

Church-of-the-Advocate, Philadelphia

Charles Marquedant Burns Jr., architect


Old Masters, 19th and 20th Century Art

Charles Marquedant Burns Jr.

False Imprisonment

        The son of a prominent Philadelphia publisher and bookseller, Burns was a a highly regarded painter and a renowned architect.  In fact he is recognized as one of the most prominent church architects of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  His works include over fifty churches and a number of Victorian style mansions in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He is sometimes referred to as the Father of American Gothic Architecture. As a painter he was known for religious, literary and genre subjects and he taught at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art.

Public Collections

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia