Stephen C. Earle

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Stephen Carpenter Earle
Born(1839-01-04)January 4, 1839
DiedDecember 12, 1913(1913-12-12) (aged 74)
Parent(s)Hannah Carpenter
Amos S. Earle
BuildingsSlater Memorial Museum
Jonas Clark Hall
Old Chapel
Whitcomb Mansion
Union Congregational Church
Pilgrim Congregational Church
Carroll Building
ProjectsGrinnell College

Stephen Carpenter Earle (January 4, 1839 – December 12, 1913)[1] was an architect who designed a number of buildings in Massachusetts and Connecticut that were built in the late 19th century, with many in Worcester, Massachusetts. He trained in the office of Calvert Vaux in New York City. He worked for a time in partnership with James E. Fuller, under the firm "Earle & Fuller". In 1891, he formed a partnership with Vermont architect Clellan W. Fisher under the name "Earle & Fisher".[2]

Earle's most noted work is the Richardsonian Romanesque Slater Memorial Museum on the campus of the Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, Connecticut, where he had a generous budget and a sympathetic patron.[3] In 2015, the Hartford Courant called the Slater Museum the "crown jewel among Norwich's cultural treasures" and "a masterpiece of Romanesque revival design."[4]

Front entrance to Clark University's Jonas Clark Hall, the main academic facility for undergraduate students. Clark University was founded in 1887

He designed university buildings, commercial buildings, churches, and more. Among his university buildings are:

In December 1913, Earle died at Memorial Hospital in Worcester after becoming ill with pneumonia.[6]

Selected works[edit]

Worcester, Massachusetts[edit]

Other Massachusetts[edit]

Old Chapel, Amherst


Rhode Island[edit]


  1. ^ UMass people:Stephen C Earle
  2. ^ "An Architect Co-Partnership". The Burlington Free Press and Times. June 30, 1891. p. 5 – via
  3. ^ Norwich Free Academy: Slater Memorial Museum: History.
  4. ^ "Daycation". Hartford Courant. September 6, 2015. p. F5 – via
  5. ^ "Visit Grinnell". The Des Moines Register. December 21, 2006. p. 14GR – via
  6. ^ "Old Worcester Architect Dead". Fitchburg Daily Sentinel. December 13, 1913. p. 12 – via
  7. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  8. ^ a b c d "Buildings of Stephen C. Earle". Historic Buildings of Massachusetts. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ Marshall, Philip C. "Hope Street Survey Descriptions". Philip C. Marshall. Retrieved 6 September 2015. Stephen C. Earle ... designed this elaborate, polychromed, 2-story Richardsonian Romesque public building.

Further reading[edit]

  • Diaries of Ruth Earle Southwick 1921–1925, ISBN 9781512128819. Ruth was the fourth of Stephen C. Earle's five children and his only daughter.
  • Stephen C. Earle, Architect: Shaping Worcester's Image, available through the Worcester Historical Museum