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Mrs. Samuel Appleton House

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1856, Nathaniel J. Bradlee. 53 Beacon St.

Nathaniel J. Bradlee provided the widow of Samuel Appleton with a refined expression of the latest architectural fashion on a traditional bowfront town house. A rusticated basement level contains a round-arched window and a matching round-arched doorway. The three floors above are faced with smooth ashlar brownstone. The windows on each level reflect traditional functions: floor length for the piano nobile, standard height for the bedrooms, and smaller round-arched windows at the attic level. A wide overhanging cornice with modillions completes the composition by providing the narrow building with a strongly articulated roofline, an elegant solution for a narrow urban lot.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Mrs. Samuel Appleton House", [Boston, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 108-108.

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