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Arthur Asahel Shurcliff

Arthur Asahel Shurcliff, American landscape architect. Member American Society Landscape Architects (president 2 terms), American International Assurance (honorary); member Boston Society Architects, Boston Society Civil Engineers, Boston and Massachusetts Art Communications, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Signet Society of Harvard.; Club: Tavern (Boston).

Background

  • Shurcliff, Arthur Asahel was born in 1870 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Asahel M. and Sarah A. (Shurtfeff) Shurcliff.

  • Education

    • Graduate Boston Prince School, 1886. Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1894. Harvard, 1896.

    Career

    • With Olmsted, Olmsted & Eliot, landscape architects, 1896. Helped F. L. Olmsted, Junior establish Harvard School of Landscape Architecture. Own office, Boston, 1905.

      Adviser to Massachusetts Metropolitan Improvements Commission in preparing first metropolitan plan for an American city. Adviser to Boston Park Department, Metropolitan District Commission Town planner to the United States Government during World War I. Landscape architect for numerous country places also State College, Denton, Texas, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Amherst, Colgate, Brown and many others. Landscape architect for various hospitals and sanitariums.

      Designer of zoo, Boston and Detroit. Landscape architect for Barkhamsted Reservoir and Saville Dam, Hartford, Connecticut, Quabbin Reservoir. Massachusetts Landscape architect, Crawford and Franconia Notches of White Mountains.

      Designer war memorials. Designer various mill villages in the South, and in Massachusetts Town planner for more than 20 eastern cities and towns. Designer Plymouth waterfront, south and east shores of Charles River Basin (Boston).

      Landscape architect for colonial Williamsburg restoration.

    Works

    • Author: First and Second New England Journal. And other N.E. books.

    Membership

    Member American Society Landscape Architects (president 2 terms), American International Assurance (honorary). Member Boston Society Architects, Boston Society Civil Engineers, Boston and Massachusetts Art Communications, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Signet Society of Harvard. Club: Tavern (Boston).

    Connections

    • Married Margaret H. Nichols, 1905. Children: Sidney N., Sarah P., William A., John P., Elizabeth H., Alice W. Pupil of Charles Eliot.
    • father: Asahel M. Shurcliff
    • mother: Sarah A. (Shurtfeff) Shurcliff
    • spouse: Margaret H. Nichols
    • children: Sidney N. Shurcliff
    • Sarah P. Shurcliff
    • William A. Shurcliff
    • John P. Shurcliff
    • Elizabeth H. Shurcliff
    • Alice W. Pupil of Charles Eliot Shurcliff
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    Born 1870
    Died November 12, 1957
    (aged 87)
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