You are here

Dearborn-Woodbury House

-A A +A
c. 1852, John Stevens. 21 Chestnut St.

A Wakefield resident, John Stevens established his architectural practice in 1850 in Boston. For Daniel Dearborn's new house, either the client or the architect selected Design X, “A Symmetrical, Bracketed Cottage, with Verandah,” illustrated in Andrew Jackson Downing's 1850 publication, The Architecture of Country Houses. Stevens added round arched windows for the second floor and substituted clapboard siding and Gothic label molding for the windows instead of board and battens and plain trim shown in Downing's book. During the mid-nineteenth century, Stevens designed a large number of churches and public buildings in New England, including the 1868 Wakefield town hall (demolished) and the 1871 high school at the corner of Lafayette and Main, which was extensively altered for the present town hall in 1938.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


What's Nearby


Keith N. Morgan, "Dearborn-Woodbury House", [Wakefield, 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, 388-388.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.

, ,