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William Graves Perry


William Graves Perry, American architect. Recipient Elise Willing Balch medal. National Society of Colonial Dames American, chapter II, Philadelphia, 1933. Chairman nat. advising committee Historic American buildings Survey, 1932. N.A.


Perry, William Graves was born on November 8, 1883 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Charles French and Georgianna West (Graves) Perry.


Student Noble and Greenough School, Boston, 1893-1900. Bachelor of Arts, Harvard, 1905. Bachelor of Science, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1907.

Diploma, architect, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, 1913.


Draughtsman, Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge, 1907, 1914-1915. Instructor architectural design, Harvard, 1915-1916. Practiced independently, 1915-1919.

Member Perry, Shaw & Hepburn, Boston, 1923-1968, Perry, Dean & Stewart, 1968-1975. Firm architects of Roxbury Latin School Building, (Boston), Harvard Cooperative Society Store, Radcliffe College Lecture Hall, Cambridge, Massachusetts, St. Paul’s Church and Parish House, Newburyport, Massachusetts, Houghton Library for Rare Books, Harvard College, Restoration of Colonial City of Williamsburg, Virginia, Aldrich and Kresge Halls, Harvard School Business Administration, Alfred P. Sloan Metals Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute Technology, Furman U., Greenville, South Carolina., Student Union. Williams, College, American Embassy residence, London, restoration Governor Tryon Palace, New Bern, North Carolina Past president Massachusetts Building Congress, 1933-1935.

Member National Commission Fine Arts, Washington, 1945-1953.


Member Perry, Shaw & Hepburn, Boston, 1923-1968, Perry, Dean & Stewart, 1968-1975. Member National Commission Fine Arts, Washington, 1945-1953. Served to captain infantry Massachusetts State Guard, 1916-1917.

(Fellow) The American Institute of Architects Past trustee Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia Secretary Rotch Traveling Scholarship, 1951-1962. Clubs: Episcopalian.


Married Eleanor Gray Bodine, August 6, 1908 (divorced).; married second, Frances McElfresh Ames, July 16, 1945. Children: Eleanor Gray, Baird, William Graves, Louise Bodine Carpenter.

Charles French Perry

Georgianna West (Graves) Perry

Eleanor Gray Bodine

Frances McElfresh Ames

Eleanor Gray Perry

Baird Perry

William Graves Perry

Louise Bodine Carpenter Perry