Waldo V. Howard

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Waldo Vose Howard
Born October 2, 1841
Brockton, Massachusetts
Died Date unknown
Nationality United States
Occupation Architect
Practice W. V. Howard; Howard & Austin
Buildings Central Fire Station; Littleton Town Hall; Moses A. Packard House; Washburn Library; Brockton Armory

Waldo V. Howard (October 2, 1841 – ?)[1] was an American architect practicing in the city of Brockton, Massachusetts and its suburbs.

Life[edit]

Howard was born in 1841 in Brockton, then known as North Bridgewater. His father, Linus, was a farmer. In 1881 Howard married Mary (Eaton) Nutter, of Amesbury. They had no children.[1] He had opened his office by 1882. In 1889, he took Fred T. Austin as partner in the firm of Howard & Austin. Austin left in 1896 to work alone, before becoming the partner of Charles A. Brigham (Austin & Brigham) in Boston that same year.[2] In later life, Howard was appointed City Architect of Brockton.[3]

Howard was fairly prolific in Plymouth County, and was competent in the major late-nineteenth century styles. Howard worked in Brockton during the 1880s and 90s, with its population more than quadrupling during his career. He and fellow Brockton architect Wesley Lyng Minor designed most of the city's major structures during that period.

Architectural works[edit]

W. V. Howard, until 1889[edit]

  • 1882 - Aaron M. Herrod House, 772 N. Main St, Brockton, Massachusetts[4]
    • Demolished.
  • 1882 - Robbins B. Grover House, 336 Main St, Brockton, Massachusetts[4]
    • Demolished.
  • 1883 - Joslyn Block, 23 Centre St, Brockton, Massachusetts[5]
    • Demolished.
  • 1884 - Central Fire Station, 40 Pleasant St, Brockton, Massachusetts[6]
  • 1889 - First Universalist Church, 34 Cottage St, Brockton, Massachusetts[7]

Howard & Austin, 1889-1896[edit]

W. V. Howard, after 1896[edit]

  • 1896 - Washburn Library, 32 Union St, East Bridgewater, Massachusetts[14]
  • 1897 - William L. Wright House, 162 Highland St, Brockton, Massachusetts[15]
  • 1898 - Fire Station No. 3, 914 N Main St, Brockton, Massachusetts[16]
  • 1899 - Jenkins Block, 91 Washington St, Whitman, Massachusetts[17]
    • Upper floors removed after a 1930 fire.
  • 1905 - Brockton Armory, 233 Warren Ave, Brockton, Massachusetts[18]
  • 1907 - Gifford School, 285 W Main St, Avon, Massachusetts[19]
    • Burned in 1952.
  • 1908 - Center School, 155 W Center St, West Bridgewater, Massachusetts[20]
    • Demolished.
  • 1914 - Huntington School Annex, 1121 Warren Ave, Brockton, Massachusetts[21]
  • 1915 - George S. Paine School, 211 Crescent St, Brockton, Massachusetts[3]
    • Now the Adult Learning Center.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Howard, Heman. The Howard Genealogy: Descendants of John Howard of Bridgewater, Massachusetts. 1903.
  2. ^ Architecture and Building 16 May 1896: 240.
  3. ^ a b American Contractor 13 Feb. 1915: 45.
  4. ^ a b American Architect and Building News 5 Aug. 1882: 68.
  5. ^ American Architect and Building News 1 Dec. 1883: 3.
  6. ^ "Central Fire Station". mhc-macris.net. Massachusetts Historical Commission, n.d. Web.
  7. ^ "First Universalist Church". mhc-macris.net. Massachusetts Historical Commission, n.d. Web.
  8. ^ "Kingman Block". mhc-macris.net. Massachusetts Historical Commission, n.d. Web.
  9. ^ Report of the Chief of the Massachusetts District Police, for the Year Ending December 31, 1889. 1890.
  10. ^ "Gardner Block". mhc-macris.net. Massachusetts Historical Commission, n.d. Web.
  11. ^ Jackson, James R. History of Littleton, New Hampshire. Vol. 1. 1895.
  12. ^ Electrical Agge 25 Jan. 1896: 47.
  13. ^ "Packard, Moses House". mhc-macris.net. Massachusetts Historical Commission, n.d. Web.
  14. ^ Report of the Free Public Library Commission of Massachusetts. 1899.
  15. ^ American Architect and Building News 24 April 1897: xi.
  16. ^ "Brockton Fire Station No. 3". mhc-macris.net. Massachusetts Historical Commission, n.d. Web.
  17. ^ Engineering Record 12 Aug. 1899: 258.
  18. ^ Engineering Record 6 May 1905: 61.
  19. ^ School Board Journal March 1907: 27.
  20. ^ School Board Journal May 1908: 28.
  21. ^ American Contractor 9 May 1914: 57.