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Dr. John C. Warren Cottage

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1846. 130 Warren St.

Dr. John C. Warren constructed his Gothic Revival cottage of Roxbury puddingstone near the site of his family's seventeenth-century farmhouse. His father and uncle played major roles in the American Revolution; and Dr. Warren established the New England Journal of Medicine, founded the Massachusetts Medical College, and cofounded Massachusetts General Hospital (WE3). In 1846, the year he built this cottage on the family farm, Dr. Warren and his son performed the first surgery using ether as an anesthetic. The Warren Cottage replaced the seventeenth-century farmhouse and provided a rural retreat for the doctor in the last ten years of his life. The modest ornamentation on the house reflects its original appearance, apart from a missing balustrade on the porch roof, as a simple country cottage.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the large estates in this area, including the Warren farm, were subdivided for suburban development. A horse-drawn omnibus served to encourage this change. On Moreland Street, not far from the Warren Cottage, stands a group of four intact wooden Gothic Revival cottages, typical of this early development.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Dr. John C. Warren Cottage", [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, 248-249.

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