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DeWolf-Guiteras House

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c. 1830, unknown. c. 1887. 291 High St.

During the same period in which he acquired Linden Place, James DeWolf built this house and barn on High Street. Strangely, his granite barn was far more opulent than his Greek Revival house, a stuccoed stone affair of rather conventional form. After his son George acquired the buildings in 1834, Russell Warren was commissioned to convert the massive barn into a dwelling house, adding a rear ell and a Gothic parapet, since lost. It is still possible to see where Warren's crisply dressed ashlar additions were inserted into the oversized barn door. The remodeled barn passed to Dr. Ramon Guiteras after the Civil War, along with DeWolf's house. Guiteras completely transformed the house, draping its simple Greek Revival form with an exuberant flurry of Queen Anne trim, cast iron cresting, a bracketed porch, and an octagonal tower. Today both houses serve the First Congregational Church, the house as parsonage and the converted barn as parish house.

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Author: 
William H. Jordy et al.

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