John Goddard Stearns

Personal Data

John Goddard Stearns, Jr., was born on May 18, 1843, in New York City, the son of John Goddard Stearns and his wife, Elizabeth Stearns (daughter of Charles Stearns).

He married on December 5, 1866, in Brookline, to Ellen Elizabeth Abbott (b. 7Apr1843 in St. Louis; d. 1916-1917), daughter of John Colby Abbott and his wife, Mary Ellen Fuller.

John Stearns died on September 16, 1917, in Duxbury.

Career

John Stearns graduated from Harvard’s Lawrence Scientific School in 1863, after which he worked in the offices of Ware and Van Brunt.  In 1870, he went into partnership with Robert Swain Peabody, who also had served in the Ware and Van Brunt offices.  Stearns was the firm’s engineering partner.

Peabody and Stearns were in partnership from 1870 until their deaths, a few days apart, in 1917. They completed more than a thousand commissions in Boston and throughout the nation, becoming, in the words of Douglass Shand-Tucci (Built in Boston) “a firm that in many ways would be to Boston what McKim, Mead and White were to New York and Burnham and Root to Chicago.”

Their work in the Boston area included the Boston and Providence Railroad Station at Park Square (1872; demolished); the Brunswick Hotel (1873) and annex (1877) on at the southeast corner of Boylston and Clarendon; the Boston Post Building (1874) at 17 Milk Street; the New York Mutual Life Insurance Building (1874-1875; demolished in 1945) on Post Office Square;  the American Unitarian Association Building on Beacon at Bowdoin (1886; demolished); Assumption Church in Brookline (1878-1886); the Exchange Building (1887), one of first buildings to use steel framing; the Stock Exchange Building (1889-1891) at 53 State Street; Christ Church in Waltham (1897-1898); and the Custom House Tower (1913-1915) on State Street at India Street.

Back Bay Work

1870 252 Beacon (Demolished) [Peabody and Stearns]
1870 254 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1870 256 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1870 258 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1870 260 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1871 177 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1871 191 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1871 193 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1871 195 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1871 240 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1872 185 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1872 274 Clarendon [Peabody and Stearns]
1872 62 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1872 64 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1872 66 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1872 306 Dartmouth [Peabody and Stearns]
1872 7 Exeter [Peabody and Stearns]
1872 9 Exeter [Peabody and Stearns]
1872 11 Exeter [Peabody and Stearns]
1873 59 Marlborough [Peabody and Stearns]
1874 205 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1874 209 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1876 271 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1876 273 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1876 275 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1876 277 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1877 299 Berkeley (Demolished) [Peabody and Stearns]
1877 121 Marlborough [Peabody and Stearns]
1877 123 Marlborough [Peabody and Stearns]
1877 127 Marlborough [Peabody and Stearns]
1878 18 Fairfield [Peabody and Stearns]
1878 67 Marlborough [Peabody and Stearns]
1879 169 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1879 173 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1879 212 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1879 107 Commonwealth (Demolished) [Peabody and Stearns]
1879 125 Marlborough [Peabody and Stearns]
1879 129 Marlborough [Peabody and Stearns]
1880 150 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1880 265 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1880 131 Marlborough [Peabody and Stearns]
1880 133 Marlborough [Peabody and Stearns]
1881 279 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1881 281 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1881 175 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1881 196 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1881 213 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1881 88 Commonwealth (Demolished) [Peabody and Stearns]
1881 382 Marlborough [Peabody and Stearns]
1882 229 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1882 25 Exeter [Peabody and Stearns]
1882 183 Marlborough [Peabody and Stearns]
1883 205 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1883 378 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1883 380 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1883 30 Fairfield [Peabody and Stearns]
1884 225 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1884 227 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1884 305 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1884 185 Marlborough [Peabody and Stearns]
1884 259 Marlborough [Peabody and Stearns]
1886 20 Gloucester [Peabody and Stearns]
1886 251 Marlborough [Peabody and Stearns]
1887 246 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1887 398 Marlborough [Peabody and Stearns]
1887 400 Marlborough [Peabody and Stearns]
1887 402 Marlborough [Peabody and Stearns]
1891 24 Charlesgate East (419 Commonwealth) [Peabody and Stearns]
1892 420 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1898 409 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1899 297 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1901 401 Commonwealth [Peabody and Stearns]
1902 160 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1903 310 Beacon [Peabody and Stearns]
1915 420 Beacon (Remodeling) [Peabody and Stearns]