Willard Thomas Sears

Willard Thomas Sears

Birth
New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 21 May 1920 (aged 82)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot EXCELSIOR PATH-5465
Memorial ID 185440278 · View Source
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from Withey & Withey, Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased) (1956, 1970)

SEARS, WILLARD T. A charter member of the Boston Society of Architects in 1870, Mr. Sears had practiced in Boston many years. Born and educated in New Bedford, he was trained in architecture in the local office of Solomon K. Eaton (1806-1872), and began work in Boston for the late Gridley J. F. Bryant.

In the early 'sixties he formed a partnership with Charles A. Cummings (Cummings & Sears) and under the firm name designed a number of churches, including the new Old South on Boylston Street, a distinguished edifice completed in 1876, and the First Unitarian Church in Lynn. After 1895 Mr. Sears moved his office to the old Mason Building, 70 Kilby Street, where he carried on work alone the rest of his life. During that period he planned a number of hotels in Boston, the Chapel in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, and what was undoubtedly his most noted residence, the home of Mrs. Isabel Gardner in the Boston Fenway, later remodeled and after her death opened as an Art Museum.
- References: Obit., A. 1. A. Journal, August, 1920; Item, American Architect, 2/26/1876.


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WILLARD THOMAS SEARS
NOVEMBER 5, 1837 -- MAY 21, 1920
MARIAN MOTTE SEARS
AUGUST 25, 1841 -- OCTOBER 18, 1930
EDITH HOWLAND SEARS
FEBRUARY 20, 1873 -- JANUARY 28, 1958


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  • Added: 24 Nov 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 185440278
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Willard Thomas Sears (5 Nov 1837–21 May 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 185440278, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by pstott (contributor 47527072) .