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Ruggles-Fayerweather House

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c. 1764. 175 Brattle St.
  • Ruggles-Fayerweather House (NRD/LHD) (Keith Morgan)
  • (Damie Stillman)

George Ruggles, a Jamaican planter who married into the Vassall family, bought this property in 1764 and probably erected the elegant house at that time. Under a hipped roof with two interior chimneys, the five-bay clap-boarded facade rises three stories, the top windows much shorter than those below. The columned and pedimented entrance porch and the sympathetic twentieth-century fence at the street provide visual richness. Patriot Thomas Fayerweather traded his Boston property to Ruggles, a Tory, and allowed its use as a military hospital. In 1827 William Wells converted the house into a boys' school; a later owner sold most of the forty-five acres for development.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Ruggles-Fayerweather 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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