William Nelson Jacobs

Personal Data

William Nelson Valentine Jacobs was born on February 14, 1904, in Boston, the son of Isaac Jacobs and his wife, Miriam (Margaret) Moore.

He married on September 27, 1925, in Brookline, to Evalyn Florine Gutman (b. 27Sep1904 in MA; d. 30Sep1965 in Brookline), daughter of Samuel Gutman and his wife, Aline Gabriel.  After William Jacob’s death, she married again to Nathaniel H. Frank.

William Nelson Jacobs died on July 3, 1955, in Brookline.


William Nelson Jacobs attended the Yale School of Fine Arts.  He was an architect by 1930, living in Brookline.

By 1936, he was working with his brother, George Nelson Jacobs, and by the early 1940s they had formed the firm of G. N. and W. N. Jacobs Associates, architects and engineers.  By 1942, the firm was no longer listed in the City Directories and William Jacobs was a construction engineer with the Federal Pubic Housing Authority.

According to his July 4, 1955, obituary in the Boston Globe, William Nelson Jacobs designed a number of school and public buildings, among them New Bedford High School, Holyoke Soldiers Home, and the athletic building for Tilton Academy in Tilton, New Hampshire.
Back Bay Work

1936 140 Beacon (Remodeling) [with George Nelson Jacobs]