Charles Henry Page (1876–1957) was an American architect. He and his brother Louis Charles Page (1883–1934) founded the Texas firm of Page Brothers, Architects (also known as C. H. Page & Bro.). The firm achieved great recognition when they were commissioned to design the Texas State Building for the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition (informally known as the St. Louis World's Fair). The Pages also designed many courthouses and other buildings across Texas.
Early life and career
Page was the son of an English immigrant Stone mason. Page was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His family moved to Texas when he was ten years old so his father could work on the Texas State Capitol. He attended public school and worked with his father in the construction industry.
Page apprenticed with several architects and then began his own practice at the age of 19 with the firm Makin and Page. Page left that firm and began an independent practice as C. H. Page, Jr. His brother Louis soon joined him, and they formed Page Brothers, Architects in 1898. The firm became one of the leading firms specializing in public projects such as public schools and courthouses.
Page's son Charles Henry Page, Jr. was born in 1910 in Austin. He received his bachelor's degree in architecture in 1932 from the University of Texas at Austin. After Louis's death in 1934, Page, Jr. joined the practice. In 1936, he became a partner and the firm name was changed to C.H. Page & Son. After the death of Page, Sr. (the father, though sometimes also referred to as C. H. Page, Jr.) in 1957, Page, Jr. continued to practice for several years.
Louis Charles Page also had a son, Louis Charles Page, Jr. (1909–1981), who became an architect. He and college roommate Louis Southerland (1906–1994) formed Page and Southerland in 1935 in Austin. Page and Southerland designed many of the monuments placed around the state to commemorate the Texas Centennial. They were joined by Louis's brother George in 1939 and the name was expanded to Page Southerland Page. The company changed its name to just Page in 2013.
Page also designed the 1936 Austin federal courthouse. and the station at Crowley, Louisiana, built in 1907 for the Colorado Southern, New Orleans and Pacific Railroad as well as the city hall buildings in Brownsville, Mexia and Eagle Lake. Many of Page's buildings have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
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