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Martha Codman House (Berkeley Villa, Bellevue House)
This grand residence, which Ogden Codman designed for his cousin, Martha, synthesizes European and American sources even as it adheres to the axioms of good interior design laid out in the famous manual that Codman coauthored with Edith Wharton, The Decoration of Houses. Boston-area buildings of the Federal period influenced the roofline configuration, the facade with its monumental coupled columns, and the octagonal side bay. Concealed within is a triple-storied, domed stair hall with Adamesque ornament derived from published eighteenth-century English antecedents. Three public rooms—library, drawing room, and dining hall—are arranged en filade along the south (garden) side of the house; the north side contains the service wing. To the rear is a garden pavilion, later designed by Codman with Fiske Kimball in keeping with the Anglo-American
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