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John W. Ames on Brattle Street

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1903–1915, John W. Ames. Brattle St. from Willard St. to Hubbard Park.
  • John W. Ames of Brattle Street (Keith Morgan)

Despite a sequence of fine colonial mansions that have given Brattle Street the name of Tory Row, most of the seemingly colonial buildings were designed in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The work of John W. Ames, as seen in two clusters of houses, is representative of the best Colonial Revival designs of the first quarter of the twentieth century. Built in 1903, 114 Brattle Street (NRD/LHD) shows a scholarly attention to eighteenth-century Georgian models. The same can be said for his adjacent houses forming a small courtyard (NRD/LHD) at 118, 120, and 124 Brattle. Farther down the street in 1915, he sited two houses (numbers 142 and 144, both NRD/LHD) perpendicular to each other, overlooking a common yard. When compared to the more inventive earlier Colonial Revival designs along the street, these buildings are often difficult to differentiate from their eighteenth-century neighbors.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "John W. Ames on Brattle Street", [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, 350-351.

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