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Old Green Hill

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c. 1742; 1796. 215 Warren St.
  • Old Green Hill (NRD) (Keith Morgan)

Nehemiah Davis may have built the oldest section of this house, the two-story center section with a gable roof, about 1742. Between 1793 and 1803, Senator George Cabot, who made extensive improvements to convert it into his country house, owned the property. A Boston merchant (and secretary of the navy), Senator Cabot added the parlor wing with a surrounding portico in the style of a West Indies plantation house. This was the first of at least four country houses to be built in this style by Boston merchants. Two others, 135 Warren Street and 25 Cottage Street, survive in Brookline; in 1828, John A. Lodge built a similar summer house in Nahant (NH5). In 1921, Henry R. Shepley designed extensive renovations, which included the introduction of woodwork from a demolished eighteenth-century house in Brookline Village. This restoration probably involved the removal of earlier Victorian alterations.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Old Green Hill", [Brookline, 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, 507-508.

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