George Meacham

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George Frederick Meacham (July 1, 1831 - December 4, 1917) was an architect in the Boston, Massachusetts, area in the 19th century. He is notable for designing Boston's Public Garden; the Massachusetts Bicycle Club; and churches, homes, and monuments in greater Boston and elsewhere in New England. He was born in Watertown, Massachusetts, to Giles Meacham and Jane Meacham.[1][2][3] He was graduated from Harvard College in 1853. After college he worked as a civil engineer for the Jersey City Water Works.[4] By 1855 he returned to Boston and worked for an architecture firm there. He practiced as an architect from 1857 through 1891, and in that time produced numerous designs.[4] People associated with the office of G.F. Meacham included Henry Martyn Francis,[5] George Pyne,[6] and Shepherd S. Woodcock.[7] Meacham married Mary Warren (d.1877) in 1859; they had two children who died very young.[4] Several years after the death of his first wife, he married Ellen Louisa Frost in 1881.[4]

Selected designs[edit]

1862 advertisement for Woodcock & Meacham, Architects


  1. ^ George F. Meacham dead, was old-time architect. Boston Globe, Dec. 5, 1917; p.10.
  2. ^ Harvard graduates' magazine. 1918.
  3. ^ Harvard alumni bulletin. 1917.
  4. ^ a b c d Report of the Harvard Class of 1853. 1913.
  5. ^ Ellery Bicknell Crane. Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts. Lewis Pub. Co., 1907; p.304.
  6. ^ Who's who in New England. A.N. Marquis, 1909.
  7. ^ Boston Directory 1862.
  8. ^ City of Boston. "Public Garden". 
  9. ^ Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. Encyclopedia of Urban America: The Cities and Suburbs. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1998.
  10. ^ Seth Chandler. History of the town of Shirley, Massachusetts: from its early settlement to A.D. 1882. S. Chandler, 1883.
  11. ^ The Congregational quarterly, 1871.
  12. ^ William Richards Lawrence. Charities of France in 1866. Gould and Lincoln, 1867. Includes illustrations.
  13. ^ New England Historical and Genealogical Register. 1867.
  14. ^ William D. Stratton. Dedication memorial of the new Masonic temple, Boston. Lee and Shepard, 1868.
  15. ^ "Fairhaven memorials". Millicent Library. Archived from the original on 2008-07-03. 
  16. ^ Boston (Mass.), Engineering Dept. Annual report, 1868.
  17. ^ "Two Hundred Years of Libraries in Newton". City of Newton. 
  18. ^ Douglass Shand-Tucci. Built in Boston: city and suburb, 1800-2000, 2nd ed. Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2000; p.96.
  19. ^ a b King's handbook of Newton, Massachusetts. 1889.
  20. ^ S.H. Day. The new house of the Massachusetts Bicycle Club. Outing and the Wheelman: an illustrated monthly magazine of recreation. 1884-1885; p.429+
  21. ^ AIA guide to Boston, 3rd ed. 2008.
  22. ^ Kevin D. Murphy. The architecture of Summer Street, Kennebunk, Maine. The Magazine Antiques (1971) v. 168 no. 2; p. 54-63. Includes illustrations.
  23. ^ "Discover historic Newton Corner". City of Newton. 
  24. ^ Church Building Quarterly. American Congregational Union, 1888. Includes illustrations of the church.

Further reading[edit]

  • Curb, stone or fence: what is the best plan for enclosing the Common? Hearing on the Subject in the City Hall, Yesterday. Boston Daily Globe, May 26, 1875. p. 8.
  • "George F. Meacham (1831-1917)". A Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Maine. 1984.