Carl R. Fehmer

Personal Data

Carl R. Fehmer was born on November 10, 1838, in Dargun, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany, the son of Heinrich Fehmer and his wife Maria Zerrahn.

He married on April 30, 1872, to Therese (Wahl) Smallwood (b. 1842-1843 in Kassel, Germany; d. 6May1914 in Boston), daughter of Ferdinand (Frederick) Wahl and his wife, Mary (LNU).  She had been married previously.

Carl Fehmer died in 1923 in Kingston, New York.

Career

Carl Fehmer immigrated to Boston in 1852 with his widowed mother and siblings.

In about 1854, he joined the office of George Snell as an apprentice and remained there for about eight years.  In 1862, he produced the presentation perspective of City Hall for the firm of Gridley J. F. Bryant and Arthur Gilman, whose design was selected for the building.  In 1865, he joined Theodore E. Coburn in an architectural partnership which continued until 1867, when he joined with William R. Emerson in the firm of Emerson and Fehmer.  From 1874 to 1888 he was a sole practitioner, and from 1889 he practiced with Samuel F. Page in the firm of Fehmer and Page.  The partnership continued until 1908 when he retired.

Among Fehmer’s works were the second MIT building (1883) on Boylston between Berkeley and Clarendon; The Warren (1884-1886) in Roxbury; The Bell Telephone Building on Milk Street (1880s; demolished in 1972); the Worthington Building (1894), at 33 State Street, one of the first steel-framed office buildings in Boston; and the Hotel Beaconsfield (1903-1905) in Brookline

Back Bay Work

1869 238 Beacon [Emerson and Fehmer] (?)
1869 247 Berkeley [Emerson and Fehmer]
1869 249 Berkeley [Emerson and Fehmer]
1869 29 Marlborough [Emerson and Fehmer]
1869 31 Marlborough [Emerson and Fehmer]
1869 33 Marlborough [Emerson and Fehmer]
1871 122 Commonwealth [Emerson and Fehmer]
1871 124 Commonwealth [Emerson and Fehmer]
1872 84 Commonwealth [Emerson and Fehmer]
1872 126 Commonwealth [Emerson and Fehmer]
1872 192 Commonwealth (Demolished) [Emerson and Fehmer]
1873 118 Commonwealth [Emerson and Fehmer]
1873 120 Commonwealth [Emerson and Fehmer]
1874 57 Commonwealth
1874 59 Commonwealth
1879 61 Commonwealth
1880 131 Commonwealth
1880 376 Marlborough
1881 171 Marlborough
1881 173 Marlborough
1881 191 Marlborough
1882 355 Commonwealth
1883 179 Commonwealth
1883 253 Marlborough
1883 255 Marlborough
1885 357 Beacon
1886 359 Beacon
1886 375 Beacon
1886 275 Marlborough
1887 507 Beacon
1887 509 Beacon
1888 505 Beacon
1889 164 Beacon [Fehmer and Page]
1890 454 Beacon [Fehmer and Page]
1891 468 Beacon [Fehmer and Page]
1891 470 Beacon [Fehmer and Page]
1891 474 Beacon [Fehmer and Page]
1891 476 Beacon [Fehmer and Page]