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Boston Center for Adult Education (Baylies House)

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Baylies House
1904; 1912, Parker, Thomas and Rice. 5 Commonwealth Ave.
  • Boston Center for Adult Education (Keith Morgan)

Built for textile tycoon Walter C. Baylies, 5 Commonwealth Avenue is the second house to occupy this site, replacing what had been a twin to the French Academic–style 3 Commonwealth, next door. Set behind a high iron fence punctuated by tall urn-topped piers, its limestone facade is discreetly ornamented with molded window surrounds, piano nobile balustrades, and attic swag panels. To the left of the main block, below a bulbous copper roof, is an enchanting single-story wing, added in 1912. Built for the debut of the Baylies's daughter, most of its interior is taken up by a small but exquisitely detailed Louis XVI ballroom.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan

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