John H. Besarick

Personal Data

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.

Back Bay Work

1872 10 Gloucester
1872 12 Gloucester
1872 14 Gloucester
1872 334 Marlborough
1883 278 Commonwealth
1884 347 Beacon
1885 172 Commonwealth
1886 455 Beacon
1886 457 Beacon
1887 459 Beacon
1887 461 Beacon
1888 467 Beacon
1888 469 Beacon
1889 471 Beacon
1889 473 Beacon