Charles Meissonier KNIGHT, Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur  1
- Born: 27 Nov 1877, Poissy, Ile-De-France, France 1
- Marriage: Alice BOUCHERIE  on 10 Aug 1903 in Paris, Ile de France, France 1
- Died: 13 Jan 1967, Paris, Ile de France, France at age 89 1
- Buried: St Germain En Laye, Ile DE France, France
Another name for Charles was Charly.
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Source : CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Paris, France - 4 Feb 1926
WHO's WHO ABROAD
Mr. Charly Knight was born in Paris in 1877, the son of the late Ridgway Knight, who passed most of his life in France, and was famous as a painter of peasant scenes. Ridgway Knight had two sons; one, Mr. Aston Knight is, like his father, a painter, whereas Mr. Charly.Knight has made his career in architecture.
Though an American citizen, .Mr. Knight has seen little of the United States. He had his education here, and here he has done all his work, a great deal of it for American firms or private individuals. He vent to the Lycée Condorcet and from there into the Beaux-Arts, where he was admitted as a first. Immediately after leaving the school, where he won many prizes, he went into business here and has been at it every since.
Mr. Knight has made a speciality of restoration of houses in Paris and country chateaux, a work for which his long residence, in France and complete familiarity with all periods of French architecture have well fitted him. A complete enumeration of all has done in this way in the many years of his career would be impossible; but three great achievements stand out, the new American hospital, work on which is still going on, the building of the Bankers' Trust Company in the Place Vendôme, and the restoration of the chateau of Chacaniac -Lafayette.
The new American hospital in Neuilly is a big brick and stone affair, which, it is expected, will be complete in about six weeks. In one sense, it may never be fully completed, for work on different annexes, as they are needed, will lie continued. This building was designed by Mr. Knight after American ideas, using French materials, and should be the most modern hospital in France. With its many attached sleeping-porches it will resemble more a big hotel than a hospital.
The work on the Bankers' Trust building Mr. Knight considers the biggest thing he bas done in Paris. This bank occupies a historical old building on the Place Vendôme. The facade Mr. Knight had to leave untouched, in order not to mar the beauty of the square, but the interior he transformed completely, making it into à modern American business house, equipped with all the latest technical devices.
The chateau of Chavaniac Lafayette, in the Haute-Loire, is the historical home of the Lafayette family. The great Lafayette himself lived there. When this building was acquired by the American organization known as the Lafayette Memorial Association, Mr. Knight was chosen as architect to restore and remodel the old house which was falling in ruin. In this work Mr. Knight kept faithfully, for the, exterior, to all the epochs represented by the different transformations which the chateau had known; for the interior, he made it eighteenth century, with furniture of the period, just as Lafayette himself would have known it.
At this chateau the Memorial Association maintain a charity in the form of a sanitarium for tubercular French children. For, the children, Mr. Knight designed the schools and preventorium which have been put up.
During the late war, Mr. Knight was architect for many Amerioan hospitals and charitable institutions. One of these was the hospital of the Chateaau d'Annel near Compiegne, . which was managed by Mme. Taufflieb.
Among the work for private persons which Mr. Knight has done should be cited his restoration of the gothic chateau of Mrs. Whitney Hoff near Aix-les-Bains. He has also worked for Mrs. Edith Wharton, the distinguished American novelist. For her he transformed her house at St.-Brice-la Forêt as well her villa at Hyères.
Other institutions in Paris for which Mr. Knight has been architect are the National City Bank, the Equitable Trust Co., the Bank of Montreal, and the American Chamber of Commerce.
When he is not in Paris, Mr. Knight goes te his country house, an eighteenth-century chateau at Bas Coudray, near Corbeil, on the road to Fontainebleau. One of the beauties of this place is a curious old staircase which once was in the hunting pavilion of Gabrielle d'Estrées, the mistress of Henry IV.
Mr. Knight was two years ago made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
Source <New-York Daily Tribune, August 12, 1903> [Paris, France]
"CHARLES KNIGHT WEDS AT PARIS.
Paris. Aug. 11\emdash The marriage took place to-day In the Church of St. Pierre da Challlot. of Charles Knight, an architect of Philadelphia, and son of Rldgeway Knight, the artist, and Alice Boucherie, daughter of Baron Boucherie de Cuzieu. The witnesses to the civil ceremony were Henry Vlgnaud, first Secretary of the United States Embassy here, and Charles Meissonnier, the son of the well Known artist."
Source <The History of the American Pro-Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Paris (1815-1980)> Par Cameron Allen:
"On 1 October 1942, just prior to Mr. Whipp's release, Mlle, de Levaque received a visit from Mr. Knight, 11, rue Marbeuf, grandson of Daniel Ridgway Knight and his wife, Rebecca Webster Knight. It would seem that the grandson's own father was "being interned by the German authorities, and he wants to prove their non-Jewish origin to be liberated." This was a minor incident, but perhaps no other account connected with the history of Holy Trinity during the Second World War can serve as such a rude reminder of the diabolic mindset of the Nazi military. Ridgway Knight, Esq., retired American diplomat living in Paris, confirms that his uncle, Charles Knight, who had married a French woman, had indeed been interned at Compiegne, and that the grandson (his first cousin) who visited Holy Trinity for record assistance was Jacques Ridgway Knight., Apparently the German military found it hard to believe that the grandparents Daniel and Rebecca could have been Gentiles, with such obviously Jewish names! While Mile, de Levaque found the record of the decease and burial of Daniel R. Knight in 1924 at Holy Trinity, she reported to Jacques R. Knight that she "could not give the certificates for Mrs. Rebecca Webster Knight (d. 1909) as there are no (parish) records between 1904 and 1912." While this is literally true since Mr. Morgan failed to record these acts for the period in the old register, Mlle, de Levaque apparently failed to realize that the monthly publication, the Parish Kalendar, had kept presumably complete account of all the parish acts There is found this entry: "15 August 1909 Rebecca Morris Webster Knight, interred at St. Germain-en-Laye." Charles Knight was somehow freed, and not transported away for a "final" solution, Ridgway Knight reports. It must be a matter for rejoicing that his life was spared, but it produces moral revulsion in a thinking person to have "Christian" records consulted on a matter of a potential life-or-death determination."
Noted events in his life were:
• Honors. Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur
• Nationality. US citizen
• Occupation. Architect
• School. Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris
Charles married Alice BOUCHERIE  [MRIN: 57], daughter of General Maurice BOUCHERIE, Attaché à la présidence de la République  and Jenny GROUALLE , on 10 Aug 1903 in Paris, Ile de France, France.1 (Alice BOUCHERIE  was born on 22 Apr 1881 in Paris, Ile de France, France and died on 27 Dec 1963 in Paris, Ile de France, France 1.)