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Willard Thomas Sears

Willard Thomas Sears, American architect. Fellow American Institute Architects, 1889.


  • Sears, Willard Thomas was born on November 5, 1837 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Willard and Ruth Barker (Cushman) Sears.

  • Education

    • Educated Phillipps Academy, New Bedford, Massachusetts. Allen’s School, West Newton. Studied architecture with Solomon K. Eaton, New Bedford, 1856-1857.

      With Gridley J. F. Bryant, Boston, 1858-1859.


    • Review Mellish Irving Motte, of Boston, January 1, 1862. Began practice in Boston on own account, 1860. In 1864, with Charles A. Cummings, formed partnership of Cummings & Sears.

      Work of firm in many cities of the United States, also South America and Hayti. Rebuilt cathedral at Cape Haitien, 1878 (originally erected by French architects, 1748-1774, destroyed by earthquake, 1842).


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Unitarian


    Fellow American Institute Architects, 1889.


    • Married May, d.
    • father: Willard Sears
    • mother: Ruth Barker (Cushman) Sears
    • spouse: May
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    Died March 21, 1920
    (aged 82)