Charles Kirk Kirby

Personal Data

Charles Kirk Kirby was born in 1825-1827 in Massachusetts.

He married first on January 8, 1849 (Ashland MA) to Mary W. Woodcock  (b. 16Sep1825 in Needham MA), daughter of Timothy Woodcock and his wife, Adeline Newell.

He married second on August 1, 1863, in Boston, to Josephine P. Newell (b. 1840-1841 in Providence RI), daughter of Walter Newell and his wife, Susan (LNU).

Charles Kirby died on April 5, 1910, in California.

Career

Charles Kirby was an architect in Portland, Maine, at the time of the 1850 US Census.  By 1855, he had begun practice in Boston, and in 1858 submitted the winning design for the old Boston Public Library on Boylston Street (demolished).

He was one of a number of architects who both designed and built houses in the Back Bay.  Bainbridge Bunting (Houses of Boston’s Back Bay) notes that “at one time or another tax records between 1860 and 1872 show him as the owner of eighteen different houses under construction; after that date city building permits frequently designate him as architect, builder, and owner. … It might further be stated that Kirby took no interest in the affairs of the Boston Society of Architects, which considered it unethical for an architect to act both as contractor and architect for a building.”

From about 1875, G. Wilton Lewis was a member of his office.  In 1878, Charles Kirby moved to California.  He continued to maintain his Boston office, apparently taking Lewis as his partner in the firm of Kirby and Lewis, with Lewis managing the Boston office’s work.  Kirby remained in California, but Kirby and Lewis continued as a firm until about 1882.  Kirby then opened an architecture practice in San Francisco with his son, Charles, and Lewis opened his own office.

After retiring from architecture, Kirby operated the Sierra Park vineyard in Fowler, south of Fresno.

Back Bay Work

1860 136 Beacon
1860 138 Beacon
1861 154 Beacon
1861 156 Beacon (Demolished)
1861 158 Beacon (Demolished)
1862 3 Marlborough
1862 5 Marlborough
1862 7 Marlborough
1863 9 Marlborough
1863 11 Marlborough
1864 13 Marlborough
1864 15 Marlborough
1865 119 Beacon
1865 121 Beacon
1865 222 Beacon
1865 224 Beacon
1866 72 Marlborough
1866 74 Marlborough
1866 76 Marlborough
1866 78 Marlborough
1866 80 Marlborough
1868 70 Marlborough
1870 66 Marlborough
1870 68 Marlborough
1871 304 Beacon
1871 306 Beacon
1871 308 Beacon (Demolished)
1871 310 Beacon (Demolished)
1871 312 Beacon (?)
1871 314 Beacon (?)
1871 14 Commonwealth (Demolished)
1871 117 Commonwealth
1871 105 Marlborough
1871 107 Marlborough (Demolished)
1871 109 Marlborough
1872 111 Marlborough
1872 113 Marlborough
1872 115 Marlborough
1873 161 Commonwealth (Demolished)
1874 163 Commonwealth
1878 319 Commonwealth [Kirby and Lewis]
1880 284 Commonwealth [Kirby and Lewis]
1880 327 Commonwealth [Kirby and Lewis]
1880 337 Commonwealth [Kirby and Lewis]
1880 339 Commonwealth [Kirby and Lewis]
1880 341 Commonwealth [Kirby and Lewis]
1880 372 Marlborough [Kirby and Lewis]
1880 374 Marlborough [Kirby and Lewis]