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Amory-Ticknor House

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1803–1804, attributed to Charles Bulfinch; c. 1815; after 1885. 9 Park St.
  • Amory-Ticknor House (with Union Club, BH4)

Built as one of the great Federal-style mansions of Boston, the original design of the Amory-Ticknor House is only partially obscured by the later addition of Queen Anne—style oriel windows and roof gables and ground-story shop fronts. The commanding location opposite the Massachusetts Statehouse (BH2) and Boston Common (BH1) led Thomas Amory to purchase the site for his four-story mansion. The Bulfinch attribution is based on stylistic features, as the house does not appear in the architect's list of projects. The Amory family recorded as architect a housewright named Richard Hills, about whom no further information is available.

Thomas Amory suffered serious financial reverses in his mercantile business as the house was nearing completion, and the property was soon subdivided for two families. The Greek Revival portico added on Beacon Street later provided a formal entrance for the half occupied by Harvard professor George Ticknor. Although Federal-style detailing on the exterior, including window lintels and the large front entrance portico on Park Street, still survives, the building was modified after 1885 by the addition of two-story oriels and richly ornamented roof gables inspired by the work of English architect Richard Norman Shaw. At the turn of the nineteenth century, the building housed architects, such as George R. Shaw, and design firms, and in 1904 the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, opened their saleroom here.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Keith N. Morgan
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Keith N. Morgan, "Amory-Ticknor House", [Boston, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MA-01-BH3.

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, 102-103.

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