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John Wentworth Peirce, American architect. Recipient Annual Conservation award Massachusetts Trustees of Reservations, 1975, Open Space award Massachusetts Conservation Council, 1977, Conservation award Ipswich River Watershed Association, 1984, Conservation award New England Wildflower Society, 1988.


Peirce, John Wentworth was born on February 9, 1912 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Thomas W. and Gabrielle (Dexter) Peirce.


AB cum laude, Harvard, 1933. Postgraduate Architectural School, 1935. Master in Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1947.


Individual practice architecture, Boston, 1938-1942. Associate Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson & Abbott, 1948-1960. Partner Peirce & Pierce, 1960-1971, Peirce Pierce & Kramer, 1971-1975.

Member Massachusetts Board Registration for Architects, 1954-1959, chairman, 1957. Member Massachusetts Inspector-General Council, 1981-1985.


  • Other Work

    • Principal architectural works include Shields Warren Radiation Lab, Northeast Deaconess Hospital, Boston, Trinity Episcopal Ch, Topsfield, Massachusetts, Loeb Marine Lab, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Art/Music Building, St. Mark's School, Southboro, Massachusetts.


Chairman Topsfield Conservation Commission, 1965-1971. Commissioner Ipswich River Watershed District, since 1968, chairman, 1976-1980. Board directors Ipswich River Watershed Association, 1976-1987.

Trustee Essex County Greenbelt Association, 1961-1971, president, 1966-1977, director, 1977-1980, honorary director, since 1980. Trustee Trustees Public Reservations, 1966-1983. Board directors Plymouth County Wildlands Trust, 1973-1979, 81-84, 87-95, trustee, 1984-1987.

Served to lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946. Fellow American Institute of Architects. Member Massachusetts Association Architects (president 1968), Boston Society Architects (vice president 1968, president 1969) Clubs: Bournès Cove Yacht (Wareham, Massachusetts) (commodore 1966-1968).

St. Botolph (Boston).


Married Grace Minot, June 27, 1934. Children– Thomas W., Lucy (Mistress David Scanlon III), John W.

Thomas W. Peirce

Gabrielle (Dexter) Peirce

Grace Minot

Thomas W. Peirce

Lucy Peirce (Mistress David Scanlon III)

John W. Peirce