Arthur H. Vinal

Personal Data

Arthur H. Vinal was born on July 1, 1855, in Quincy, the son of Howard Vinal and his wife, Clarissa J. Wentworth.

He married on April 10, 1877, in Boston, to Ada Louisa Gates (b. 23Dec1857 in Dorchester), daughter of Benjamin Henry Gates and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Weeman (daughter of Obediah Weeman).

Arthur Vinal died on August 25, 1923, in West Harpswell, Maine.


Arthur H. Vinal served as an apprentice in the offices of Peabody and Stearns.

He opened his own office in about 1875, and joined in partnership briefly with Henry F. Starbuck in 1877. By 1878, he was a sole practitioner again, and remained so for the rest of his career. He continued to practice in Boston until the early 1920s.

From 1884 to 1887, he served as Boston City Architect. In 1886-1887, he designed the original Metropolitan Water Works building at Chestnut Hill, noted as an example of Romanesque architecture.  Among his other works were The Colonial apartments at 382 Commonwealth (1895); The Torrington apartments at 384-388 Commonwealth (1896-1899); a block of 27 apartment buildings on Gainsborough, Hemenway, and Batavia Streets (1900-1901); and the 12 story apartment building at 48 Beacon (1903) which helped prompt passage of height-limit regulations.

Back Bay Work

1895 382 Commonwealth
1896 350 Beacon
1896 384 Commonwealth
1899 386 Commonwealth