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Francis Wyman House

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c. 1730; 1998–1999 restoration, Historic Preservation and Design, Salem. 56 Francis Wyman Rd.
  • Francis Wyman House (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

One of the earliest surviving buildings in Burlington, the three-bay gable-roofed Francis Wyman House is significant for studying eighteenth-century construction. The four rooms per floor, each with exposed corner posts and summer beams, are arranged around a central chimney with stairwell in front. The puncheon stairway to the basement is a rare survival of this construction technique in which diagonally sawn blocks of oak are pegged into the stringers. The second-story northwest room has exposed framing that allows for the close examination of early-eighteenth-century construction. A fire in 1996 revealed even more of the interior structure and led to a complete exterior restoration. The house is owned by the Francis Wyman Association and is occasionally opened for viewing.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Francis Wyman House", [Burlington, 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, 422-422.

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