Edward Clarke Cabot

Personal Data

Edward Clarke Cabot was born on April 17, 1818, in Boston, son of Samuel Cabot and his wife Eliza Perkins (daughter of Thomas Handasyd Perkins).

He married first on July 7, 1842, in Salem, to Martha Eunice Robinson (b. 1818-1819 in Salem; d. 28Nov1871 in Brookline), daughter of Nathan Robinson and his wife, Eunice Beckford.

He married second on October 13, 1873, to Louisa Winslow Sewall (b. 1845-1846 in Roxbury; d. 10Aug1907 in Brookline, MA), daughter of Samuel E. Sewall and his wife, Louisa M. Winslow.

Edward Cabot died on January 5, 1901, in Brookline.


In frail health as a young man, at the age of seventeen he went to Illinois where he engaged in sheep raising.  He returned east in 1841 and, for more than four years, had a sheep farm at Windsor, Vermont.  He served for several months as a lieutenant-colonial of the 44th Massachusetts Infantry during the Civil War.

In 1845, Cabot submitted an Italian Renaissance design for the Boston Athenaeum.  It was accepted with the proviso that he associate himself with George M. Dexter, a civil engineer, to supervise the construction, which was completed in 1849.  From 1849 to 1858, he was associated with his brother, James Elliot Cabot, with whom (and Jonathan Preston) he designed the 3000-seat Boston Theater on Washington Street in 1854.  He was again associated with his brother from 1862 to 1865.

In 1875, he joined in partnership with Francis Ward Chandler.  In his Houses of Boston’s Back Bay, Bainbridge Bunting describes Cabot and Chandler as “the Back Bay’s most competent designers in the Queen Anne tradition.”  In 1888, Chandler became head of the MIT School of Architecture.  Two members of the firm, Arthur Greene Everett and Samuel W. Mead, became partners and the firm became Cabot, Everett, and Mead.  Cabot retired the same year, but the firm remained Cabot, Everett, and Mead until his death in 1901, when it became Everett and Mead.

Walter Kilham (in Boston After Bulfinch) indicates that Cabot and Chandler and Cabot, Everett, and Mead built “numerous country houses in the rambling and picturesque style of the period.”  In addition, the latter firm’s work included the hospital of Johns Hopkins University (1889) in Baltimore and Arlington Public Library (1892).

Back Bay Work

1860 135 Beacon
1860 137 Beacon
1861 1 Commonwealth
1879 12 Fairfield [Cabot and Chandler]
1879 178 Marlborough [Cabot and Chandler]
1879 312 Marlborough [Cabot and Chandler]
1880 135 Marlborough [Cabot and Chandler]
1880 370 Marlborough [Cabot and Chandler]
1882 166 Beacon [Cabot and Chandler]
1883 223 Commonwealth [Cabot and Chandler]
1883 195 Marlborough [Cabot and Chandler]
1883 245 Marlborough [Cabot and Chandler]
1883 257 Marlborough [Cabot and Chandler]
1884 16 Fairfield (Demolished) [Cabot and Chandler]
1885 283 Beacon [Cabot and Chandler]
1885 285 Beacon [Cabot and Chandler]
1885 401 Marlborough [Cabot and Chandler]
1886 410 Beacon [Cabot and Chandler]
1892 480 Beacon [Cabot, Everett, and Mead]