George Dutton Rand

Personal Data

George Dutton Rand was born May 24, 1833, in Coventry or Stowe, Vermont, the son of Philander Rand and his wife, Mary Dutton.

He married first to Martha Jane Crossman (b. 1832-1833 in Dedham; d. 7Mar1899 in Lawrence), daughter of John Crossman and his wife, Sarah Tisdale Newell.

He married second on July 1, 1901, in Newton, to Martha (Gale) Webb (b. Sep1839 in Bangor ME), daughter of Stephen Gale and his wife, Martha Hersey. She was the widow of William Webb.

George Rand died on November 2, 1910, in Newton.


George Rand began his career as an architect in the late 1860s in Hartford, Connecticut, in partnership with Seneca W. Rand.  By 1870, he had moved to Boston and was in partnership with Frank W. WestonWeston and Rand dissolved in January of 1876.

The firm of Weston and Rand — with Rand as the lead architect — designed the Worcester State Hospital (1872).

In the mid-1870s, possibly while a partner of Weston, Rand was commissioned by lumber merchant David Nelson Skillings to develop a suburban residential area, Rangeley Place, in Winchester.

By 1877, Rand had joined in partnership with J. Foster Ober. Ober and Rand designed commercial and residential buildings, and in 1881-1882 designed the expansion of the Hotel Vendôme.

Ober and Rand remained partners until about 1881, after which Ober continued as a sole practitioner and Rand joined in partnership with Bertrand Eugene Taylor, who had been an architect in the Ober and Rand office.

Among Rand’s works while in partnership with Taylor were several buildings at Rollins College in Winterpark, Florida, including Knowles Hall (1886), Pinehurst Cottage (1886), Lakeside Cottage (1886), and Lyman Gymnasium (1890).  He also designed the Winchester Town Hall (1887) and Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, New Hampshire (1889).

Rand and Taylor remained partners  until about 1894.  Thereafter, Rand practiced alone until about 1901, when he joined in partnership with Theodore Hobart Skinner.  They remained partners until about 1904, when Rand retired from active practice.

Back Bay Work

1872 191 Commonwealth [Weston and Rand]
1873 270 Clarendon [Weston and Rand]
1877 31 Fairfield [Ober and Rand]
1877 33 Fairfield [Ober and Rand]
1878 32 Fairfield [Ober and Rand]
1878 34 Fairfield [Ober and Rand]
1878 35 Fairfield [Ober and Rand]
1878 37 Fairfield [Ober and Rand]
1879 36 Fairfield [Ober and Rand]
1879 38 Fairfield [Ober and Rand]
1881 160 Commonwealth (Addition) [Ober and Rand]