Built as a summer home for author and translator Katherine Prescott Wormeley of Boston when she was in her late sixties, this house is essentially in the form of a two-family
Red Cross Avenue, like nearby Sunnyside Place and Oakwood Terrace, was laid out when the large gentleman's farm-estate owned by David Sears of Boston was divided into smaller lots in the 1870s. Sears's ample Gothic Revival house, Red Cross Cottage, still stands at the head of Sears Court (its entrance is now on Oakwood Terrace). It was branded with a redcross-shaped pattern in its now stuccoed brickwork, which suggested its own name as well as that for the nearby avenue. Although it has been stripped of ornate trim, its group of steeply rising gables is a reminder of an earlier cottage style.