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Burleigh House

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1847. 85 Brattle St.

Local builder Michael Norton copied the design for this gem of Gothic Revival architecture from Chester Hills's Builder's Guide, published in 1847. Henry Austin of New Haven, Connecticut, provided the design for Hills's book. Using flush boards painted in imitation of stone, Norton endowed the house with landmark qualities despite its diminutive site. Overshadowing this cottage is Wadsworth Chambers (83 Brattle, NRD), another Tudor Revival exercise; it is a six-story brick apartment building with generous entrance courtyard. Newhall and Blevins designed this 1908 building that both characterized apartments of this decade and gestured to the qualities of its modest neighbor.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Burleigh House", [Cambridge, 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, 348-348.

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