Frederick Albert Norcross

Personal Data

Frederick Albert Norcross was born on August 11, 1871, in Brighton, the son of Albert H. Norcross and his wife, Pauline F. Homstedt (daughter of John Homstedt).

He married on June 20, 1900, in Boston, to Emma (Chain) Broderick (b. 1873-1874 in Connellsville PA), daughter of Jacob N. Chain and his wife, Sarah Weaver.  She was the widow of (FNU) Broderick.

Frederick Norcross died on November 16, 1929, in Needham


Fred A. Norcross was a draughtsman in Boston from about 1889 until 1894.  In about 1895, he began practice as an architect.  He remained a sole practitioner until his death in 1929.  From 1930 to about 1938, William S. Russell, an engineer and architect, continued to do business under his name; Russell had been with Norcross’s office since about 1915.

Norcross’s work focused primarily on apartment houses and commercial buildings, focusing first in Boston’s North End and West End, and then between 1907 and 1929 in the Fenway, Brookline, and Brighton, including many of the buildings on Westland Avenue and Hemenway Street on the eastern border of the Fens.  He designed a number of buildings on Commonwealth Avenue, he designed the Packard Motor Car Building at Packard’s Corner,

Back Bay Work

1912 520 Beacon
1925 345 Commonwealth