|Birth: ||Jun. 3, 1879|
|Death: ||Sep. 14, 1963, USA|
To the right is a 1913 photograph of the Bulfinch Bandstand. Photo courtesy The Plymouth Historical Museum Collection.
Francis Bulfinch Dies
The recent death of Francis Vaughn Bulfinch, 84, of Dover, Mass., great-grandson of America's first architect, and summer resident of Plymouth since his childhood, brings sadness to people in this area. The famous architect is a cousin of Mrs. Harl Pease and a nephew of the late Mr Plummer Fox. He also was a relative of Miss Ellen Webster of Bridgewater, and died on Mrs. Webster's 100th birthday anniversary September 25.
Mr. Bulfinch, at the age of 23, designed the present bandstand in Plymouth Village Green, known as the Bulfinch Bandstand. It was completed in 1903, and concerts have since been held during the summer months. The late John Keniston was leader of the Keniston's Band which played there for many years, and Mr Keniston's nephew, Harold C. Freeman, member of Pershing's Band during World War I, has carried on as leader to the present day.
Mr. Bulfinch, a native of Southbridge, Mass., was a pioneer in reinforced concrete building construction in this country. In 1907 he joined the firm in which he became partner in 1924, Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott. His great-grandfather Charles Bulfinch, designed the Massachusetts State House and the U.S. Capitol, among other buildings. Francis, more familiarly known to relatives and friends as Frank, was instrumental in revisions of the Boston building code. He assisted in planning many buildings, among them Harvard's Lamont Library and the White and Warren Building of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Other buildings in which his firm had a part were the New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center in New York, resident houses, Memorial Church, Mallinkrodt and Converse chemical laboratories and buildings on the Northeastern University and Wesley campuses.
He was made a fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1948. He was a member of the American Hospital Association. Boston Society of Architects, American Society of Civil Engineers, Bostonian Society and Massachusetts Charitable Fire Society.
His wife, the former Margaret Lunt died in 1958. He leaves two sons, Charles, of Dover, Mass. and Thomas, of Weston, Mass., a daughter, Mrs. Donald L. Ritger of Chevy Chase, MD, and seven grandchildren. The two sons spent many summers at Camp Mowglis on Newfound Lake.
Private funeral services were held in Highland Cemetery, Dover, Mass. Friends here extend sympathy to the family in their bereavement. >Courtesy of The Plymouth Historical Society Collection.
Created by: BL Hughes
Record added: Aug 16, 2009
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