William Pitt Wentworth

Personal Data

William Pitt Wentworth was born on April 23, 1837, in Rockingham, Vermont, the son of Asa Wentworth and his wife, Lucy Warren.

He married on December 31, 1868, in Rockingham, to Caroline Frances Williams (b. 24Feb1839 in Rockingham VT; d. 21Jun1905 in Bellows Falls VT), daughter of James Henry Williams and his wife, Frances Mary Hapgood.

William Wentworth died on April 12, 1896, in Newton.


William Pitt Wentworth studied architecture in New York.  He practiced in Boston from about 1870 until his death in 1896.

According to his obituary in Architecture and Building, he was particular known as an architect of churches and hospitals.  “Churches have been built after his plans in Norfolk, Va., Jamestown, N. Y., and many cities and towns of New England, and he built hospitals in many places.”  His work also included the Church of the St. Lawrence in Alexandria Bay, New York (1890) and the Medford Insane Asylum/State Hospital (1892).

William Wentworth is frequently confused with Charles Wentworth who worked with Ralph Adams Cram.

Back Bay Work

1879 182 Commonwealth (Demolished)
1879 256 Commonwealth
1886 447 Marlborough