Article: H. H. Richardson Home set to be demolished - Brookline, MA

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https://www.nshoremag.com/faces-places/ ... xI1uMmcGoA

A fully-maintained FLO grounds, with a structure not by Richardson but by Peabody & Stearns.

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Very nice---understated in the manner of old money in New England. "Mansion" of course is ridiculous---the family would never have used the term, which in any event hardly describes this generous cottage. Note the hexagonal exterior paving tile ! Peabody and Stearns is an old and respected firm; Cabot is of course a venerated name in the Boston area.

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Peabody & Stearns designed some of the best houses of their time, but mostly more along the lines of the James J. Hill House, a 36,000 sf stone 'cottage' in St. Paul. I place them in the same category as Stanford White and HH Richardson.

This house is a indeed a cottage by the standards of P&S's usual work, but a beauty.

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There are five examples of the work of Peabody and Stearns, in "American Country Houses of the Gilded Age" (Dover, 1982---a republication of the photos in a book from almost a century earlier, with new text by Arnold Lewis). Here are three of them---two houses and a casino---which with one exception include a version of the detail found at the house which is the subject of this thread. Can anyone spot them ? The detail is more prominent in the present case than in these examples:


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And a fourth example, by another worthy practitioner of the period, containing the same detail:

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I have always like Farwood. It's similar in both design and (almost) scale as Richardson's Stoughton House.

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I had thought of Stoughton as being a bit more intimate in scale than Farwood---but not having seen either structure I couldn't really say. Neither of my Richardson references spends much if any space on the house---I don't know where to find the original floor plan---but O'Gorman is quite complementary; his comments about "a shingled skin surrounding and containing the interior volumes" echo those of Scully and Lewis.

One learns in this Wikipedia entry that the house was enlarged more than once, beginning in 1900. A crude plan incorporating two additions is presented.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Fisk ... hton_House

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Someone cited the L-shaped plans of Glessner and Stoughton. Judge for yourself:

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https://www.houzz.com/magazine/19th-cen ... s~20270751
(Plans at bottom of page.)

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