Alden Frink

Personal Data

Alden Frink was born on April 18, 1833, in Woodstock, Vermont, the son of Luther Frink and his wife, Alvitina Childs.

He married on January 29, 1859, in Boston, to Roxanna Folsom (b. 18Oct1832 in Vienna, ME; d. 7Nov1923 in Boston), daughter of Benjamin Folsom and his wife, Charlotte (LNU).

Alden Frink died on March 10, 1908. in Boston.


Alden Frink came to Boston from Vermont in 1858 and began practice as an architect.  He remained a sole practitioner for the rest of his life, maintaining an office in Boston until about 1904 and then working from his home at 14 Mayfair in Roxbury until his death in March of 1908.

He designed residential and commercial buildings, and is best known for Abbotsford, the home he designed in 1872 for Aaron Davis Williams, Jr., at 300 Walnut in Roxbury, now the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, and for Seminole Lodge, Thomas Alva Edison’s winter home in Fort Myers, Florida, designed in 1886.  He also designed the Mechanics Building on Huntington Avenue (1881, demolished), several Boston and Maine Railroad stations, and the Standish Monument in Duxbury.

Back Bay Work

1866 125 Beacon