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Jacob Albert House

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1993, Jacob Albert. 136 5th St.
  • Jacob Albert House (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

Architects' own houses provide opportunities for experimentation. When a fire destroyed the house on this site, Jacob Albert (a partner in the firm of Albert, Righter and Tittmann) created a fresh response to the vernacular residential and commercial architecture of East Cambridge. He fronted this narrow rectangular building with a second level projecting over the entrance porch, sheathing the first floor in clapboards and covering the second floor in gray and black diamond-shaped asphalt shingles, a common pattern formerly used for houses and stores in the neighborhood. The facade extends above the gable roof to form a false front embellished with classical swags. Fluted posts supporting the overhang provide another vernacular neoclassical detail.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Jacob Albert 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, 288-288.

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