which is founded in 1899, moves to its new home at 300 The Fenway
that is designed by Peabody and Stearns. John Simmons, who creates
the largest wholesale clothing business in New England, is concerned
about the the future of poor immigrant women who sew for the clothing
trade. He makes plans for Simmons Female College to enable women
"to acquire an independent livelihood." Upon his death in 1870,
he leaves nearly two million dollars to appointed trustees with
directions to invest in real estate until $5000,000 in interest
has accumulated for building, the rest of the endowment. Two years
after his death, the Great Fire of Boston destroys every building,
none of which is insured. For thirty years, the trustees borrow
by mortgaging the land, rebuilding, and investing income until they
have suficient funds to carry out his wishes.
|Date Start: 1904
|Map: Back Bay Fens
|Display Name: Simmons
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