Henry Sargent Hunnewell was born on March 14, 1854, in Boston, the son of Horatio Hollis Hunnewell and his wife Isabella Pratt Welles (daughter of John Welles).
He married on May 10, 1886, to Mary Bowditch Whitney (b. 3May1862 in Calcutta, India; d. 29Mar1940), daughter of Israel Goodwin Whitney and his wife, Christiana Kadie Swan Sargent (daughter of Henry Jackson Sargent).
Henry Hunnewell died on January 21, 1931, in Natick.
Henry Hunnewell graduated from Harvard in 1875, after which he studied architecture in Paris.
He returned to Boston in the Fall of 1881 and opened his own office as an architect. By 1883, he was in partnership with George Russell Shaw in the firm of Shaw and Hunnewell. George Shaw previously had been in partnership with his brother, Robert Gould Shaw, who was married to Henry Hunnewell’s sister, Isabella.
Shaw and Hunnewell dissolved in 1902, when both partners retired from practice (Henry Sargent’s father died that year and he probably retired from architecture to devote his time to managing the family’s properties).
In the early 1880s, Shaw and Hunnewell designed the Wellesley Town Hall and Library, which Douglass Shand-Tucci (in Built in Boston) calls “vividly picturesque” (the Town of Wellesley took its name to honor Henry Hunnewell’s father, Horatio Hollis Hunnewell, who had built an estate on Lake Waban and named it Wellesley in honor of his wife’s family; previously, the town was going to be called Oakland).
Other work by Shaw and Hunnewell included the Watertown Free Library (1884); the Free Hospital for Women in Brookline (1894-1895); the Boston Medical Library at 8 Fenway (1899-1900); and the Jefferson Physical Laboratory (1884) and Pierce Hall (1900) at Harvard.
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