Charles Brigham

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"Brigham, Charles, architect, was born in Watertown, Mass., June 21, 1841. He was educated in the public school of his native town, graduating from the high school in 1858. The same year, he entered, as student, the office of Calvin Ryder, architect, of Boston. In 1860-61 he was draughtsman in the office of Gridley J.F. Bryant. In 1862 he enlisted and served nine months in the field as second sergeant in Company K, Fifth Massachusetts Volunteers. On his return he renewed the study and practice of architecture under Mr. Bryant and in the office of John H. Sturgis, with whom he entered into partnership in 1866--a relation which continued until 1886, a short time previous to the death of Mr. Sturgis. In 1888 he became associated with John C. Spofford, which partnership terminated in February, 1892. Among the principal building designed during his association with Mr. Sturgis are the Bureau of Charities on Chardon Street, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Young Menís Christian Association Building, the Church of the Advent, and the Massachusetts Hospital Life Insurance Building on State Street. In 1890 and 1891, while associated with Mr. Spofford, the extension of the Maine State Capitol and other important works were built; and among the recent buildings designed by him and now in progress are the Massachusetts State House extension, begun in 1890, the Public Library and Town Hall at Fairhaven, Mass., and the Inebriatesí Hospital at Foxborough. He always resided in Watertown, where he has held various public offices, having served several years on the school committee, and four years, 1884-87, as chairman of the board of selectman; has been a member of the trustees of the Public Library since 1888, of which he has been the chairman for the last three; has been president of the CoŲperative Bank since its establishment; and is a director of the Union Market National Bank. He was master of the Pequossette Lodge of Free Masons two years."


• "Charles Brigham," Boston of To-day, Richard Herndon, Post Publishing, Boston, 1892, pp. 156-157.