Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Obituary #5

Boston Daily Globe May 17, 1909

Old Architect Dead.

Harris M. Stephenson of Jamaica Plain Planned Many Buildings and Residences.

Harris Marshall Stephenson, aged 64, a prominent architect of this city and an old resident of Jamaica Plain, died yesterday morning at his home, 236 Chestnut av.

Mr Stephenson was born in this city Jan 18, 1845, the son of Benjamin T. and Nancy K. Stephenson. He attended the public schools and after leaving school spent several years in foreign travel. Returning to Boston, he entered the office of his uncle, a member of the firm of S.C. Bugbee & Son, architects, and took up the study of his profession.

On the removal in 1861 of his uncle's firm to California Mr Stephenson entered the office of Nathaniel J. Bradlee, architects. About 1870 he entered business for himself, associating with the late Daniel Appleton, with offices at 10 Pemberton sq, and remaining there for nearly 20 years.

Mr Stephenson furnished the plans for a number of large buildings, some of the most prominent being St John's Episcopal church of Jamaica Plain, St John's Episcopal church of Keokuk, In, the Murdock hospital, Huntington av, this city, and the Henry Nevins home for incurables at Methuen.

He prepared plans for more than 60 residences in Boston and its suburbs and a large number in other parts of the country, including California, New York, New Jersey, Maine and New Hampshire, as well as seashore hotels and summer residences on cape Cod and elsewhere. Turk's Head inn, cape Ann, being a particular example of his skill.

He is survided by one son, H. Walter Stephenson, by three brothers and one sister. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev Sumner M. Shearman, pastor emeritus of St John's Episcopal church, Jamaica Plain, at 2 Tuesday afternoon at his late home, 236 Chestnut av. The interment will be in the family lot at Forest Hills cemetery.

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