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Joseph Thorpe House

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1888, Arthur Little. 168 Brattle St.
  • Joseph Thorpe House

One of the first and certainly the most inventive of New England architects to reclaim colonial forms for modern architecture, Arthur Little here created a pastiche of Federal period buildings. In 1882, Little published Early New England Interiors, a selection of his drawings of details from colonial houses. More than a decade later, this large residence still betrayed that vignette attitude. Unlike other Colonial Revival designers who were by the 1890s disciplining picturesque variety, Little reveled in a complicated and quirky design. The street front is actually the rear elevation, with its projecting service wing flanked by a monumental portico. The rear entrance facade, originally overlooking a generous lawn and garden, is symmetrically organized. Today architect Graham Gund has claimed that lawn as part of the site for his center-block residence (2001), only partly visible beyond Little's building.

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Keith N. Morgan
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Keith N. Morgan, "Joseph Thorpe House", [Cambridge, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MA-01-BS14.

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, 352-353.

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