Peter Banner

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Peter Banner was an English-born architect and builder[1] who designed the Park Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts, and other buildings in New England in the early 19th century.

Life and career[edit]

Banner trained in London, and moved to America. In 1798, he moved from New York to New Haven, designing and building several buildings for Yale College. He began working in the Boston area around 1805, when Ebenezer Craft (born 1779) commissioned Banner to build his house in Roxbury. Around 1806 to 1808, Banner supervised the building of India Wharf. In Boston he also designed the Park Street Church (1809), located next to the Boston Common.

As well as being familiar with architecture through books, Banner was a skilled carpenter-joiner and mason, as well as a contractor, even worked on his own buildings.[2] At various times he worked with Solomon Willard and others.[3]

Selected designs[edit]

  • 1799 – President's house, Yale College, New Haven, Connecticut.[4]
  • 1800 – Berkeley Hall, Yale College, New Haven, Connecticut.
  • 1804 – Lyceum, Yale College, New Haven, Connecticut.[5]
  • 1804 – Church, Brookline, Massachusetts.
  • 1805 – Crafts house, Roxbury, Massachusetts.[6]
  • 1809 – Park Street Church, Boston, Massachusetts.[7]
  • 1811 – Parish houses for Old South Church, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1816 – First Unitarian Church, Burlington, Vermont[8][9]
  • 1818 – Antiquarian Hall, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts.[10]



  1. ^ Advertisement. Columbian Centinel, April 9, 1806.
  2. ^ Keith, Elmer and Warren, William. "Peter Banner, Architect, Moves from New Haven to Boston". Old Time New England: Bulletin of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, v.57, no.207, 1967.
  3. ^ Quinan, Jack. "Some Aspects of the Development of the Architectural Profession in Boston Between 1800 and 1830". Old Time New England. Volume: 68 Number: 249 Issue: Summer/Fall, 1977.
  4. ^ Elmer Davenport and William Lamson Warren. "Peter Banner, His Building Speculations in New Haven (Part IV)." Old Time New England. Volume: 53 Number: 192 Issue: Spring, 1963.
  5. ^ William Lamson Warren. "Peter Banner, A Builder for Yale College, Part III, The Lyceum." Old Time New England 49, no. 4 (Spring 1959)
  6. ^ Francis Samuel Drake. The town of Roxbury: its memorable persons and places, its history and antiquities, with numerous illustrations of its old landmarks and noted personages. Municipal Print. Office, 1908.
  7. ^ Park St. Church Archived 2011-07-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington
  9. ^ William Lamson Warren. "Peter Banner, Architect of the Burlington Church." Old Time New England, 69 (1978): 48–70.
  10. ^ American Antiquarian Society

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