Cornelius A. Russell

Personal Data

Cornelius A. Russell was born on October 20, 1855, in Nova Scotia.

He married on July 10, 1894, in Chicago, to Alice Burgoyne (b. 1861-1863 in OH), daughter of Erastus McNeill Burgoyne and his wife, Sarah Cummins.

Cornelius Russell died on September 15, 1927, in Boston, killed in an automobile accident.


Cornelius Russell came to the United States in the early 1870s and received his citizernship in October of 1887.

When he first came to Boston, he was a carpenter. He may have worked as a pianomaker in the early 1880s, but was again a carpenter by 1885, in partnership with Alexander B. Pinkham. He continued as a carpenter in 1889, but by 1890 had established himself as an architect with offices in Roxbury.

By the mid 1890s, Fred Newton Russell, probably his nephew, had joined his office as a draftsman. In about 1903, they formed the firm of C. A. and F. N. Russell, architects and real estate develpers. They remained partners until about 1918. Most of their work appears to have been residential buildings in the Roxbury area, where they offices were located. By 1919, he was a sole practitioner, working out of his home in Jamaica Plain.

Back Bay Work

1909 334 Commonwealth (Remodeling) [C. A. and F. N. Russell]