Walter Jefferson Paine

Personal Data

Walter Jefferson Paine was born on April 25, 1853, in Fall River, the son of Walter Paine and his wife, Ellen Borden (daughter of Jefferson Bordon).

He married on February 9, 1892, in Montreal, to Helen Shailer Robinson (b. May1860 in Portland ME), daughter of William Chaffee Robinson and his wife, Martha Harris.


In about 1890, Walter J. Paine joined George Wilton Lewis‘s office as an architect. From about 1891 to 1893, they were partners in the firm of Lewis and Paine.

In addition to residential and commercial work, Lewis and Paine designed several ecclesiastical buildings, including the Baptist Church and parsonage at 629 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain (1892) and the Hancock Congregational Church in Lexington (1893).

By 1894, Lewis and Paine no longer did business as a partnership, but continued to share offices until about 1898, when Paine opened his own office. He continued to practice in Boston until about 1903, but was no longer listed in the 1904 City Directory. He was not listed in the 1904-1906 City Directories, and by 1907 had become treasurer of a mail order business.

Among Walter Paine’s works were the YMCA Building on Essex Street in Salem (1896); the First Congregational Church in Brockton (1897); the First Baptist Church in Randolph (1898); and Greenwood Memorial Church in Dorchester (1900-1901)

Back Bay Work

1893 174 Commonwealth [Lewis and Paine]