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Jacob Luippold architectural collection

AR016 (RS32790)


The collection is remarkable in its thorough documentation of a small practice at the turn of the century and gives insights into middle-class building styles during a period when the city was experiencing rapid growth.

The drawings in this collection include plot plans, floor plans, framing plans, elevations, sections and details. The collection is mainly residential or mixed-use, however there is also a strong collection of drawings for religious structures. A much smaller, but no less interesting part of the collection, are his drawings of store fronts, carriage houses, and public buildings. Also included, but not yet fully catalogued, are enlarged detail drawings, specifications, contracts and Luippold's account books.


Collection Name
Jacob Luippold architectural collection
Collection Code
1882-1915, predominant 1890-1910
Acquisition Type
Library & Archives Purchase
Date of Acquisition
Physical Description
16 folders
Collection Type
Architectural and Cartographic Materials
Description Level
Reference Code

Historical/Biographical Note

Jacob Luippold (ca. 1846-1917) was a German immigrant who practiced architecture during the turn of the last century (1892-1914). He mainly worked in Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury, the southwest neighborhoods of Boston, Massachusetts.

Luippold was a member of the flourishing German community in Jamaica Plain. He came from a family of artisans and got his start as a carpenter. By 1893, presumably after receiving informal training in the building trades, he was listed in the city directory as an architect. His clients were for the most part fellow parishioners, and his commissions covered a variety of modest residential and commercial buildings, from single-family dwellings and carriage houses to shops with apartments on the upper floors. The designs resemble other middle-class structures of the period, with Colonial Revival motifs that are probably derived from pattern books. Luippold also designed a number of examples of that peculiarly Bostonian building type--the three-decker dwelling. With porches to promote neighborly interaction and good health and elegant details hearkening back to a Colonial heritage, the Luippold three-deckers are practical housing with a generous dose of democratic idealism. Additionally, he turned his talents to Gothic Revival churches and designed several churches, or church details and additions for structures throughout New England.


This collection is arranged into two series:

A. Architectural drawings by geographic location
B. Architectural drawings of unidentified locations and buildings by type

Record details

Luippold, Arthur (Draftsman)
Luippold, Jacob, ca. 1846-1917 (Architect)
Descriptive Terms
carriage houses
churches (buildings)
commercial buildings
public buildings
religious buildings
single-family dwellings
Material Type
architectural drawings (visual works)
architectural records
cross sections
detail drawings (drawings)
elevations (orthographic projections)
floor plans
framing plans
plans (orthographic projections)
schedules (architectural records)
sections (orthographic projections)
site plans
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Jamaica Plain (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Roxbury (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
West Roxbury (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Roslindale (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Dorchester (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Dedham (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)
Brookline (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)
Manchester (Hillsborough county, New Hampshire)
Location Note
Luippold Arch. files: HGO-01-001-M-A-18

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