By the end of the nineteenth century, Broadway in Somerville had developed into a treelined boulevard with a streetcar line in the center of the road. The trees and streetcar are gone, but Langmaid Terrace survives as an indication of grand urban pretensions not normally associated with Somerville. Developed by the heirs of S. P. Langmaid, this row starkly differs from the typical residential blocks erected in Somerville in which the same design was repeated for each dwelling. The architectural variety of Flemish gables and turrets makes red brick Langmaid Terrace the most architecturally distinctive row of houses in the city.
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