Jeremiah Bradlee was born in Boston, MA on June 1st 1829.
Mr. Bradlee was educated at Chauncey Hall school in Boston
from which he graduated in 1846. He chose architecture
as a profession, just as his grandfather (also named Nathaniel
Bradlee) had before him. He entered the office of George
M. Dexter in Boston and remained there until 1856 when
he became that gentleman's successor. An imaginative designer
and good businessman , Bradlee soon developed a large
clientele and demonstrated considerable talent designing
different styles that included Gothic, Italianate, Second
Empire and High Victorian Gothic. Many of his designs
were highly praised by contemporary observers and his
services were greatly in demand.
the first fifteen years of Bradlee's practice, he received
an average of seven commissions a year including such
diverse projects as the Trinity Church Chapel, Gray's
Hall at Harvard University, Boston and Lowell Railroad
Passenger Stations and The Jamaica Plain Unitarian Church.
Quickly making a name for himself in the Boston architectural
community, in 1867 Bradlee was one of the nine founding
members of the Boston Society of Architects (the very
first meeting of which took place in Bradlee's office
at 18 Pemberton Square). Bradlee served as Treasurer from
1867 to 1870 and was a member until his death.
end of the Civil War and the new economic boom that followed
brought an exceptional number of new projects into Bradlee's
office. Beginning in 1868 the average number of commissions
Bradlee received per year jumped from seven to eighteen.
During the next 5 years he designed such noteworthy buildings
as the Hotel St. Cloud, New England Mutual Insurance Building,
Suffolk Savings Bank and The Lynn Water Works. In 1874
he was selected as the architect for the State Lunatic
Hospital at Danvers, his biggest project to date. The
increased work and Bradlee's growing involvement in a
variety of civic and business activities soon called for
the expansion of the firm. In 1872 Bradlee made Walter
T. Winslow his partner. During the next four years years,
Bradlee worked on approximately sixty new projects. The
number of architects and draftsmen working out of Bradlee's
office jumped from four to eight in one year.
1886, at the age of fifty seven , Bradlee retired from
active architectural practice. At this time he began listing
his business address as 87 Milk Street. His architectural
firm, however continued to go by the name it had held
which was Bradlee, Winslow & Wetherell.
J Bradlee's thirty three year career in architectural
design was involved in over five hundred projects for
the Boston and surrounding areas. His work included stores
and commercial buildings, houses, churches, factories,
banks, government buildings, hospitals, hotels, libraries,
schools, barns and railroad buildings. Bradlee died unexpectedly
in 1888 at the age of fifty nine while on a train from
Boston to Keene, NH.
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