Barker & Nourse

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Barker & Nourse was an architectural firm from Worcester, Massachusetts. The principals of the firm were Albert A. Barker (1852-1905)[1] and Walter B. Nourse, and it operated from 1879 to 1904.[1][2][3] It was established March 1, 1879, as the successor to the practice of obscure architect John E. Holman, who was briefly a partner of Amos P. Cutting. It was then dissolved January 1, 1904, with each partner continuing their practices individually.[1] In its day, Barker & Nourse was primarily known for its designs for multi-family housing.

A number of its works are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Partner biographies[edit]

Albert Augustus Barker was born in Guadalajara on November 20, 1852, to John B. Barker. The elder Barker died in 1860, and the family relocated to Bennington, New Hampshire. They went to Worcester in 1865, and thus young Barker completed his education. He entered the office of E. Boyden & Son, where he appears to have remained until 1879, when he established Barker & Nourse with W. B. Nourse. After the firm was dissolved in January 1904, Barker entered private practice. He died June 9, 1905.[1]

Walter B. Nourse was born in Westborough, Massachusetts in 1855. He worked in the office of Amos P. Cutting before establishing Barker & Nourse with A. A. Barker.[2]



  1. ^ a b c d Ellery Bicknell Crane (1907). Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts, volume 1. Lewis Publishing Company. pp. 423–4. Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  2. ^ a b Worcester MRA
  3. ^ a b c National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. ^ Massachusetts Cultural Reference Information System