Ralph Harrington Doane

Personal Data

Ralph Harrington Doane was born on October 7, 1886, in Middle Mosquodoboit, Nova Scotia, the son of Rev. Howard Payne Doane.

He married to Katherine Dorr, daughter of Joseph Dorr.

Ralph Doane died on November 6, 1941, in Milton.


Ralph Doane graduated from MIT in 1912.  In 1916, he was appointed consulting architect to the Philippine government, where he remained until 1918, having designed several public buildings, including the public library in Manila (now the Museum of the Filipino People).  He returned to Boston in 1919 and opened his own architect’s office.  He remained a sole practitioner until his death.

Among his work, he designed the Motor Mart (1927) in Park Square, characterized by a “a kind of stripped-down Classicism” according to Douglass Shand-Tucci (Built in Boston).

Back Bay Work

1926 360-370-380-388 Beacon