Henry Bailey Alden

Personal Data

Henry Bailey Alden was born on June 24, 1862, in Somerville, the son of Henry C. Alden and his wife, Emma F. Bailey (daughter of Joshua Bailey).

He died on August 20, 1939, in Dedham.

He was unmarried.

Career

Henry Bailey Alden was a draftsman and architect in Boston in the 1880s.  He was not listed in the City Directories during the 1890s, but resumed being listed in 1901 with an office at 6 Beacon.  He continued to practice in Boston until his death in August of 1939.

For about thirty years, he worked in association with John Tilton McClintock, also an architect, who managed the practice. John McClintock died in December of 1929.

Among Henry Bailey Alden’s works were the Henry Bradford Endicott Estate in Dedham (1904), the Brown Public Library in Northfield, Vermont (1905), 156-158 State Street (1910); the Chatham Bars Hotel (1914), and the Herald-Traveler Building at 80 Mason (1930-1931). He was associate architect with Parker, Thomas and Rice in designing the Union Building at 40-44 State Street (1927) and the United Shoe Machinery Corporation Building at 138-164 Federal Street (1928).

He also designed a number of new commercial buildings in the Back Bay area and remodeled several others for commercial use. New buildings included 22 Huntington (1909-1910), the Wesleyan Building at 579-583 Boylston in Copley Square (1912), the Keen Building at 661 Boylston (1912), 69 Newbury (1912), 76 Huntington (1912), 159-165 Massachusetts Avenue (1915-1916); 364-368 Boylston (1926), the Brooks Brothers building at 46-50 Newbury/237 Berkeley (1927-1928), 38-44 Newbury (1928), 143 Newbury (1927), and 137-141 Newbury (1928-1929).  Remodeled buildings with new front façades included 553 Boylston (1909); 97 Newbury (1921), 657 Boylston (1922); 132 Newbury (1927), and 136 Newbury (1927).

Appendix A in Bainbridge Bunting’s Houses of Boston’s Bay lists buildings designed by Henry Bailey Alden under the name H. B. Allen, a misreading of the permits or a typographical error.

Back Bay Residential Work

1918-1920 18 Commonwealth (Remodeling)
1922 19 Commonwealth (Remodeling)
1926 283 Dartmouth (Remodeling)
1927 246 Beacon (Remodeling)