Charles Howard Walker

Personal Data

Charles Howard Walker was born on January 9, 1857, in Boston, the son of George S. Walker and his wife, Mary L. Damrell.

He married on June 3, 1885, in Boston, to Mary L. Huckins (b. 25Nov1860 in Roxbury), daughter of Francis Huckins and his wife, Mary l. Walker.

C. Howard Walker died on April 12, 1936, in Boston.


C. Howard Walker was in the offices of Sturgis and Brigham from 1874 to 1879, after which he went to New York for further training.  He returned to Boston in 1884 to open his own office.  In 1887, he joined with Herbert R. Best in the firm of Walker and Best.  In 1891, Thomas Rogers Kimball joined the firm.  Best retired soon thereafter and the firm became Walker and Kimball.   Walker remained in Boston and Kimball moved back to Omaha, where he had been raised.  They remained partners until 1900.

Among the firm’s Boston work was Mt. Vernon Church at Beacon and Massachusetts Avenue (1891).  In Omaha, the firm designed the Omaha Public Library (1892), St. Francis Cabrini Church (1893), and the Burlington Station.  In 1898, they served as architects-in-chief for the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in Omaha.

After 1900, Walker  practiced alone.  In 1910, his son, Harold Damrell Walker, joined the firm, and, after serving in World War I, he rejoined the office and it became C. Howard Walker and Son.

In about 1925, Frederick S. Kingsbury joined the partnership, and it became Walker, Walker, and Kingsbury.

C. Howard Walker also was a professor of architecture at MIT.

Back Bay Work

1891 492 Beacon (Demolished) [Walker and Kimball]
1894 280 Commonwealth [Walker and Kimball]
1895 526 Beacon [Walker and Kimball]
1916 18 Fairfield (Remodeling)