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The Castle (William Lindsay House)

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William Lindsay House
1905, Chapman and Frazer. 225 Bay State Rd.

Chapman and Frazer used the late-fifteenth-century English Perpendicular Gothic style for the exterior of this 1905 fantasy for William Lindsay, a prominent Boston businessman and litterateur who strove for a Gothic effect in his writings, such as The Severed Mantle (1909). Within the L-shaped mass on this corner lot, each room has a distinct style, from the Tudor morning room to the Georgian Revival dark oak dining room. This theatrical setting provided a background for the romantic tastes of the Lindsays and a stage for their lavish entertaining. Boston University purchased the property in 1939 for the president's house and now uses it for social functions.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "The Castle (William Lindsay 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, 200-200.

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