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Chester Harding House

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c. 1808. 16 Beacon St.
  • Chester Harding House (NHL/NR) (Keith Morgan)

From 1827 to 1829, portrait painter Chester Harding lived in this diminutive Federal house. Frequent alterations began when a Greek Revival entrance portico and second-story bay window were added in the early nineteenth century. In 1916 the American Unitarian Association added the three Colonial Revival–style windows at the ground-floor level. In 1962 the Boston Bar Association attempted to restore much of the character of the Federal house by removing an oriel window and a third-floor balcony added in 1885. Only the second-story bay window supported on cast-iron columns remains from the brief Victorian interlude in the building's history.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Chester Harding 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, 104-104.

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