Horace Southworth Frazer

Personal Data

Horace Southworth Frazer was born on February 27, 1862, in Crosswicks, New Jersey, the son of Nathan W. Frazer and his wife, Mary Johnson.

He married on June 25, 1890, to Mable Snow Bridges (b. in Bangor ME), daughter of Humphrey A. Bridges and his wife, Annie Dickey (daughter of George Dickey).

Horace Frazer died on June 7, 1931, in Boston.


Horace Frazer graduated from Yale’s Sheffield Scientific School in 1883 and from MIT in 1885.   He worked in the offices of Cabot and Chandler, Peabody and Stearns, and Longfellow, Alden, and Harlow.  In 1890, he began practice on his own. In March of 1891, he joined in partnership with John Henry Chapman (a graduate of the Sheffield Scientific School in 1876).  Chapman’s health failed in 1893 and he died in 1895, but the name of the firm remained Chapman and Frazer until Frazer’s death in 1931.

In his Houses of Boston’s Back Bay, Bainbridge Bunting describes Chapman and Frazer as “the Back Bay’s leading advocates of the late Medieval and earl Renaissance styles of England.”

Back Bay Work

1903 240 Commonwealth [Chapman and Frazer]
1926 355 Commonwealth (Remodeling) [Chapman and Frazer]