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Male, US, born 1861-11-07, died 1903-07-17

Associated with the firms network

Richardson, H.H., Architect; Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge, Architects

Professional History

Draftsman, Henry Hobson Richardson, Architect, 1882-1886; Partner, Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, Architects, Boston, MA, 1887-1903;

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA);


Coursework, Wa­shing­ton Uni­ver­sity, Saint Louis, MO; B.S. Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, 1882;


Born in Saint Louis, MO, Shepley lived at 1518 Washington Avenue in that city in 1880. He came to Cambridge, MA, c. 1880, to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), from which he graduated in 1882. In 1888, Shepley lived in Brookline, MA. In 1900, George F. and Julia R. Shepley lived on Cottage Street in Brookline, MA. The family was quite prosperous enabling it to retain 4 Irish servants. Next door on Cottage Street, G.F. Shepley's mother-in-law, Julia Richardson, lived with her two sons, H.H. Richardson, Jr., and Frederick S. Richardson and their two servants.

His father was John R. Shepley, (born c. 1818), who lived with his mother, Mary A., who was 14 years younger than her husband (born c. 1832). John and Mary had six children by 1880: Julia Shepley Coolidge (09/1856-1935), John F. (born c. 1859), George F., Marie Louisa (born c. 1863), Annie (born c. 1866) and Arthur B. (born c. 1873). The Shepleys were also well-to-do, as they employed a nurse, laundress and cook to do household chores in 1880. Julia married George Shepley's partner, Charles Allerton Coolidge, Sr., (1858-1936).

G.F. Shepley, Sr., married the daughter of his boss, H.H. Richardson (1838-1886), Julia Richardson Shepley. She was born on 11/25/1867, in Staten Island, NY, and lived in Brookline, MA, on 12/17/1920. Her father had been born in LA, her mother, MA.

George and Julia Shepley had had five children together by 1900, all of whom survived to that time: Henry R., Julia H., Violet, George F., Jr., and Philip. Henry Richardson Shepley (born on 05/01/1887 in Brookline. MA-d. 1962), became a Partner in the successor firms of Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, Architects, including Coolidge Shepley Bulfinch and Abbott (1924-1952), Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott (1952-1962). One daughter, Julia H. was born c. 02/1889 in MA, while sister Violet, was born c. 04/1890 in MA. The two youngest sons, George F., Jr., was born c. 10/1892 in MA, and Philip Shepley, on 04/02/1899 in Brookline, MA. According to his US passport application of 07/02/1924, Philip Shepley was then a law student living in Brookline, MA.

A US passport application of 06/20/1888 indicated that Shepley was, at age 26, 6 feet tall with brown hair, an oval face and gray eyes.

Associated Locations

  • Saint Louis, MO (Architect's Birth)
    Saint Louis, MO

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  • Saint Moritz, Graubünden Switzerland (Architect's Death)
    Saint Moritz, Graubünden Switzerland

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PCAD id: 716