George Houston Burr

Personal Data

George Houston Burr was born on May 29, 1881, in Maryland.

He married in 1908-1909 to Regina Muriel Robinson (b. Dec1885 in NJ), daughter of Harry Robinson and his wife, Regina (LNU).


G. Houston Burr graduated from Cornell in 1905.  By 1910, he was working as a draftsman in Boston, but in 1912, he was an architect in Leominster, in partnership with Frank T. Lent.  By 1913, he had moved to Cambridge and by 1914 was a draftsman in James E. McLaughlin‘s office.  He became an architect in the office in about 1915, and in 1920 McLaughlin took him into partnership, forming the firm of McLaughlin and Burr.

McLaughlin and Burr remained active into the 1950s.  It designed a number of public, commercial, and residential buildings.  Among their works were Temple Israel and the Elks Hotel (275 Tremont, later the Bradford Hotel) in Boston, and a number of schools, including Boston Latin School; Belmont High School; Watertown High School; Salem High School; the Mary E. Curley School in Jamaica Plain, and Dorchester High School.

Back Bay Work

1925 65 Commonwealth [McLaughlin and Burr]