Why I do this

From “The Building of a House. A chapter in “Fraternity Papers”. Published by Edward H Elwell in 1888.

“There is a human interest in the biography of an old house . It is the story of generations which “ come like shadows , so depart ; ” of families which burgeoned and blossomed , and filled the old rooms with life and laughter , and grew up to maturity and strength , and spread wide their branches , and struck their roots deep into the soil , and seemed to hold possession forevermore , and then fell away limb by limb , and were shattered by the blasts of adversity , and sank into forgetfulness and sheer oblivion , and were succeeded by others who know them not , who in their turn flourished and decayed , and were alike forgotten”

397 Stevens Avenue

Built on spec in 1896 by E Vinton Earle

A pleasant Queen Anne in the Deering neighborhood

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Glimpses. 29 Munjoy Street

Built ca: 181 for Charles Morris Libby

A peculiar Greek Revival in the Munjoy Hill Historic District Continue reading

17 May Street

Built on spec in 1874 by Israel P Butler.

A multi-family Italianate in the West End Historic District.

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Glimpses. 80 Quebec Street

Built in 1876 by Alfred Roberts

A diminutive Second Empire in the Munjoy Hill Historic District Continue reading

West End Walks. 151 Pine Street

Built ca 1881 for Henry & Ernestine Maling. Design by Francis Fassett

A large Italianate in the West End Historic district.

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Glimpses. 25 Belmeade Road

Built in 1917 for Seth & Amanda Clark. Design possibly by Fred Tompson.

A substantial Colonial Revival home in the Boulevard Park neighborhood.

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102 Ashmont Street

Built ca: 1843-44 on spec by Christopher Wilson

A unique Greek Revival in the Woodford’s Corner neighborhood

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Glimpses. 23 Hampshire Street

Built ca: 1867-68 by Jotham Lewis

A remuddled Italianate in the India Street Historic District.

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21 State Street

Built in 1863 by William H Phillips for Stephen K Dyer. Design by Thomas Sparrow

A well-known Italianate in the West End

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By Request. 80-82 Best Street

Built in 1875 for Artemus & Eliza Richardson

A handsome Italianate in the Rosement Neighborhood

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