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Archibald Scott House

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1871. 17 Cranston St.
  • Archibald Scott House (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

Archibald Scott worked as both an organ builder and carpenter in the 1870s and likely designed this astonishing polygonal house. Defying most conventional rules of design, Scott employed a Y-shaped plan. He placed angled and pointed-arched, oversized double windows at the intersections of exterior walls. These large windows, and the cupola with its tentlike roof, take advantage of the panoramic views provided from this hilltop site. Scott, who only briefly owned this house with another family member, resided at a variety of locations and may never have lived here. Nothing is known about Archibald Scott, whose life one assumes may have been as unconventional as this house. At the bottom of Cranston Street, directly below the Scott House, stands the Adam Mock House (14 Sheridan Street), a distinctive Queen Anne house of 1886–1887 designed by Jamaica Plain architect-builder Jacob Luippold.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Archibald Scott 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, 271-271.

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