Joseph Randolph Coolidge, Jr.

Personal Data

Joseph Randolph Coolidge, Jr., was born on May 17, 1862, in Boston, the son of Joseph Randolph Coolidge and his wife, Julia Gardner (daughter of John Lowell Gardner).

He married on October 28, 1886, in Boston, to Mary Hamilton Hill (b. 16Oct1862 in Boston; d. 6Oct1952 in Groton), daughter of Hamilton Hill and his wife, Mary Eliza Robbins.

J.. Randolph Coolidge died on August 8, 1928, in Sandwich, New Hampshire.

Career

J. Randolph Coolidge, Jr., graduated from Harvard in 1883. After travelling in Europe, he joined the investment banking firm of Lee, Higginson & Co, where he remained for several years. In 1888, he worked as a draughtsman with Andrews and Jaques, architects. From September of 1888, he studied architecture at MIT, and from 1891 to 1894 he studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.

He began practice as an architect in 1894 in partnership first with Vernon A. Wright.

In 1901, he joined Harry J. Carlson to form the firm of Coolidge & Carlson. They remained partners until J. Randolph Coolidge’s death.

J. Randolph Coolidge retired from active practice in the mid-1920s, making his primary residence in Sandwich, New Hampshire. With his wife, he established the Sandwich Home Industries, an outlet for the sale of crafts by local residents. After his death, Mary Coolidge continued the home industries development.

Back Bay Work

1902 315 Dartmouth (Interior)