Rotch & Tilden

Rotch & Tilden was an American architectural firm active in Boston, Massachusetts from 1880 through 1895.

The firm was organized by partners Arthur Rotch and George Thomas Tilden. Both had studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Both had worked at the architectural firm of "Ware and Brunt".

They were called "society architects” because of their families and their clientele.[1] The firm was perhaps best known for lavish summer houses in Bar Harbour, Maine and for townhouses lining Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay area of Boston.

According to architectural historian Harry Katz, "Rotch and Tilden developed an 'increasingly sophisticated blending of Georgian and Federal forms.”[1] Two private residences in Montreal display an exhibit an eclectic blend of Jacobean and Richardsonian Romanesque styles.[2]

For fifteen years, until Rotch's death in 1894, theirs was one of the most active architectural offices in New England.[2]

Tilden continued to work until he retired in 1914.[1] Notable graduates of the firm include Ralph Adams Cram and Harold Van Buren Magonigle.

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