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Arthur H. Vinal : biography

1854 - 1923

Arthur H. Vinal (1854 – 1923) was an American architect who lived and worked in Boston, Massachusetts. Vinal started a partnership with Henry F. Starbuck in 1877; the firm broke up when Starbuck moved away. Vinal was City Architect of Boston from 1884 to 1887. Vinal is principally known for his Richardsonian Romanesque High Service Building at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir (1887). In addition to his other public buildings, Vinal designed numerous residences in Boston and nearby suburbs (not all, or even mostly, romanesques).


Other works

  • Methodist Church, Farmington, Maine (1877)
  • Bangor Opera House, Bangor, Maine (1881)
  • Back Bay fire and police station, 941–955 Boylston Street, Boston (1886, Richardsonian Romanesque)
  • Fisher Hill Reservoir, Brookline, Massachusetts (1887)
  • Dorchester Temple Baptist Church (1889, shingle style)
  • apartment building, 492–498 Massachusetts Avenue and 779–781 Tremont Street, South End, Boston (1897)
  • Globe Theater (burlesque and later B movie house), later known as the Center and the Pagoda, 690 Washington Street, Boston (1903, French Renaissance)
  • Calais Free Library, Calais, Maine (opened July 4, 1893)
  • Mt. Kineo House Hotel, Mount Kineo, Moosehead Lake, Maine (opened July 29, 1884)
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