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Amaziah N. Swallow House

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1845–1846. 33 Cordis St.
  • Amaziah N. Swallow House (Keith Morgan)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

The Amaziah N. Swallow House is a rare example in Charlestown of a temple-front house, a type that was then fashionable with the elite. However, its plan of a side hall with two rooms front to back remained extremely popular regionally throughout the nineteenth century. The Ionic columns, facade flush-board siding, and full-height first-story windows are common features of this form. Unusual for Charlestown is the house's setback. Ezra D. Fogg, a Charlestown lumber dealer, built the house, which changed owners frequently during its first decade. Amaziah N. Swallow, the house's fifth owner and long-term occupant, operated a grocery store in City Square known as The Big Store.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan



  • 1845


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Keith N. Morgan, "Amaziah N. Swallow House", [Boston, 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, 208-209.

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