Peabody and Stearns

Peabody and Stearns was formed in 1870 by Robert Swain Peabody and John Goddard Stearns.  They remained in partnership from 1870 until their deaths, a few days apart, in 1917.  Theirs was one of the most prominent architectural firms in the late Nineteenth Century, achieving particularly noteworthy designs in the 1880s and early 1890s when Julius Schweinfurth was their chief draftsman, 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.”

After the deaths of Robert Peabody and Frank Stearns in 1917, the firm continued under the direction of W. Cornell Appleton, who had been chief of design, and Frank A. Stearns, John Stearns’s son, who had been superintendent of construction.  It operated under the name of Appleton and Stearns, but also identified itself as “successors to Peabody and Stearns.”  The firm continued until Frank Stearns’s death in October of 1922.

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