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Longy School of Music (Edwin H. Abbot House)
Wadsworth Longfellow and Frank Alden had both worked for H. H. Richardson, as this house attests. Built of ochre sandstone with bands of brownstone, the Abbot House resembles, among others, Richardson's Glessner House (1885) in Chicago. The relieving arch over the front entrance and the massive scale of ashlar block emphasize the weight and surface texture of the wall. The original building was L-shaped, with two towers, dormers, and chimneys counterpointing the horizontal feeling. Lines from “The Poet's Tale: Lady Wentworth” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow evoke the mood of this design by his nephew's firm: “Gables and dormer-windows everywhere/And stacks of chimneys, rising in the air,—/Pandeaean pipes, on which all winds that blew/Made mournful music the whole winter through.” The Longy School of Music
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