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Charles Carsten Platt (Cornell University Class of 1901) and his brother, Frederick P. Platt, headed F.P. Platt & Brother, an architecture firm which designed the Consolidated Edison Company, Horn and Hardart Automat restaurants, and the New York Athletic Club (of which Charles Platt was a member). Other clients included New York University and Pace College. Charles Platt was a member of the Architectural League of New York and the State Association of Architects; a governor of the Real Estate Board of New York; and a president of the Municipal Art Society in New York City. He served on municipal improvement committees under New York mayors Fiorello H. La Guardia, William O'Dwyer, and Robert F. Wagner, and was a leader in efforts to eliminate slums.