John H. Besarick was born on June 20, 1844, in Canada, the son of William Besarick (Beswarick) and his wife, Elizabeth Julyan (daughter of Francis Julyan)..
He married on April 26, 1869, in Boston, to Sarah Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) Morrill (b. 21Apr1851 in Chelsea; d. 23Oct1927 in Dorchester), daughter of Charles C. Morrill and his wife, Elizabeth A. Wells (daughter of Hanson H. Wells).
John Besarick died on February 26, 1925, in Dorchester.
After an eight year association with Samuel J. F. Thayer and additional time in the New York offices of Richard Hunt and McKim, Mead, and White, John Besarick opened his own practice in 1869. His work included a number of ecclesiastical buildings, including St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, built in the early 1880s from puddingstone quarried on the site, He also designed Hotel Gladstone in Dorchester in 1883, several other apartment hotels in the Boston area.
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