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J. F. O'Brien and Sons Funeral Home (Jabez Sears House)

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Jabez Sears House
1859, Jabez Sears. 146 Dorchester St.

A prominent architect-builder in Boston, Jabez Sears built a reputation on the design and construction of industrial buildings. He had participated in the California Gold Rush and worked as a builder before returning to Boston, where he likely designed the large Gothic Revival house that he built for himself on Dorchester Street, now a funeral parlor. He exploited all of the ornamental trim, including vergeboards with trefoils, label moldings, and lancet arched windows, available to the architect-builders at the time. Sears lived here for ten years before selling it to Solomon Woods, who built machinery for the manufacture of architectural woodwork.

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Keith N. Morgan
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Keith N. Morgan, "J. F. O'Brien and Sons Funeral Home (Jabez Sears House)", [Boston, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MA-01-SB13.

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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, 226-226.

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