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Henry Van Brunt House

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1883, Henry Van Brunt. 167 Brattle St.
  • Henry Van Brunt House (NRD/LHD) (Keith Morgan)

In partnership with William Robert Ware, Henry Van Brunt designed some of the most seminal buildings in Boston and Cambridge during the 1860s and 1870s. For his own house, Van Brunt explored the picturesque massing and textural richness derived from the Queen Anne movement in Britain, seen in the varied gables and dormers and patterned shingle walls. A translator of the writings of French rationalist architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, Van Brunt incorporated an attention to structure in the turned posts of the porch and the paired windows wrapping the second-floor corners. Van Brunt did not enjoy the house for long. After ending his partnership with Ware in 1881, he formed Van Brunt and Howe, which he relocated to Kansas City in 1886.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Henry Van Brunt 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, 353-353.

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