Cabot & Chandler, Architects

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Boston, Massachusetts, 1875-1888


Edward Clark Cabot (1818-1901), Architect

Francis Ward Chandler (1844-1926), Architect

Edward Clark Cabot was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1818. He was self-trained in architecture, but became a highly successful practitioner, capturing his first major commission, the Boston Athenaeum, early in his career in 1845. He commenced his own practice in 1847, and completed his most important work, the Boston Theater, in 1894. After the Civil War he re-established his practice, partnering with Francis Ward Chandler. That partnership designed many notable works, including the Algonquin Club in Boston. Cabot later partnered with Arthur G. Everett and Samuel W. Mead. He died on January 5, 1901.[10]

Francis Ward Chandler was born in 1844 in Boston, Massachusetts. He began practice with the distinguished Edward Clark Cabot after the Civil War, but left the partnership in 1888 when he accepted the position as Professor of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chandler was head of the Architecture Department for many years, winning recognition in the education field, as well as for a number of his books. He died in 1926.[3][10]

This page is a contribution to the publication, Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. See the format and contents page for more information on the compilation and page organization.

Merrill Hall, 1879 (Doane College)

Nebraska Buildings

Merrill Hall (1879), Doane College, Crete, Nebraska.[8][9] Not extant.

Gaylord Hall (1884), Doane College, Crete, Nebraska.[1][7] (SA01-007) National Register narrative (in Doane College Historic District)

Gaylord Hall, 1884 (Doane College)


1. Janet Jeffries, email to D. Murphy, May 5, 2005.

2. Janet Jeffries, email to D. Murphy, September 23, 2008.

3. “Brief Biographies of American Architects Who Died Between 1897 and 1947,” transcribed from "American Art Annual" by Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Society of Architectural Historians website, accessed January 11, 2018

4. Margaret Henderson Floyd, Architecture After Richardson: Regionalism Before Modernism--Longfellow, Alden, and Harlow in Boston and Pittsburgh (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994), 38.

5. “Architects Index,” Claire T. Carney Library, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, accessed September 23, 2009, <>

6. J. E. Cabot is listed as associated with the firm of Cabot & Chandler in "A Finding Aid to the Sylvester Rosa Koehler Papers, 1833-1904 (bulk 1870-1890)", in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, accessed September 23, 2008, <>

7. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

8. Merrill Hall Correspondence Files, Doane College. Janet Jeffries, email to D. Murphy, January 30, 2009.

9. Janet L. Jeffries, “Merrill Loss Still Remembered After 40 Years,” Doane College website February 5, 2009, accessed June 2, 2009, <>

10. Henry F. and Elsie Rathburn Withey, Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased) (Los Angeles: Hennesey & Ingalls, 1970).

Other Sources

Ruth L Barnard, A History of Early Orleans (Taunton, MA: Orleans Historical Society by W. S. Sullwold, Pub., 1975).

Bainbridge Bunting, Houses of Boston’s Back Bay: An Architectural History, 1840-1917 (Cambridge, MA : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1967).

Directory of Boston Architects, 1846-1970: Compiled from Boston City Directories and Related Works (Cambridge, MA : Massachusetts Committee for the Preservation of Architectural Records, 1984).

Marvin E. Goody and Robert P. Walsh, Boston Society of Architects: The First Hundred Years, 1867-1967 (Boston: Boston Society of Architects, 1967).

Adolf K Placzek, Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects 4 vols. (New York: Free Press, 1982).

David Veasey, Guarding New Jersey's Shores: Lighthouses and Life-Saving Stations (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2000).

Page Citation

D. Murphy, “Cabot & Chandler, Architects,” in David Murphy, Edward F. Zimmer, and Lynn Meyer, comps. Place Makers of Nebraska: The Architects. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, August 22, 2016. Accessed, August 11, 2022.

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