Herbert Phipps Kenway

Personal Data

Herbert Phipps Kenway was born on August 16, 1851, in Glamorganshire, Wales, the son of Edward Kenway and his wife, Frances A. (LNU).

He married on February 3, 1881, in Boston, to Alice Kimball (b. 1854-1855 in Boston), daughter of James W. Kimball and his wife, Mary (LNU).

Herbert Kenway died in July of 1890 in Wales.


In about 1880, Herbert Kenway joined in partnership with Francis Richmond Allen.  In his Houses of Boston’s Back Bay, Bainbridge Bunting states that Allen and Kenway was “the most consistent exponent of the Romanesque tradition in the Back Bay, and they had a distinctive way of handling it.  In five of the ten Romanesque houses they designed in the district between 1881 and 1888, they substituted balustrades or heavy horizontal cornices for the usual gabled roofs and thereby sacrificed the picturesque massing which is one artistic merit of a good Romanesque design.  And perhaps they thought the broad Syrian arch was unsuited to the pinched, vertical quality of the usual city façade or because its heavy spandrels reduced available window areas, they also omitted this conspicuous Richardson element.  Instead, they capped their entrances with tight, stilted arches surrounded by heavy archivolts carved with an acanthus leaf pattern.  The firm was also fond of Auvergnat marquetry (colored stone set in geometric patterns) and areas of intricate Byzantine-like decoration carved in brownstone.”

Allen and Kenway remained in partnership until Kenway’s death in 1890.

Back Bay Work

1880 342 Beacon [Allen and Kenway]
1880 344 Beacon [Allen and Kenway]
1880 198 Commonwealth [Allen and Kenway]
1881 318 Beacon [Allen and Kenway]
1881 269 Commonwealth [Allen and Kenway]
1882 346 Beacon [Allen and Kenway]
1882 324 Beacon (Demolished) [Allen and Kenway]
1882 200 Commonwealth [Allen and Kenway]
1882 202 Commonwealth [Allen and Kenway]
1882 386 Marlborough [Allen and Kenway]
1884 282 Commonwealth [Allen and Kenway]
1884 291 Commonwealth [Allen and Kenway]
1885 206 Commonwealth [Allen and Kenway]
1885 208 Commonwealth [Allen and Kenway]
1886 348 Beacon [Allen and Kenway]
1886 408 Beacon [Allen and Kenway]
1888 347 Commonwealth [Allen and Kenway]