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Adams Nervine Asylum (1875), Jamaica Plain (Boston), Massachusetts. French Second Empire Style. The asylum was for the treatment of minor psychiatric illnesses. Not the residence of The Adams Family.
Slater Mill, Pawtucket, Rhode Island on the Blackstone River. The early building dates from 1793. Said to be the first water driven mill in North America to use a system of spinning cotton developed in England by Richard Arkwright.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire; South End before storm, including Wentworth-Gardner House (1760) and South Hall Tower (1866).
Old Railroad Depot, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire. A busy spot some years before, but now defunct. Shown in subdued fall color in this 1974 photograph.
Park Street Church (1809), Boston, Massachusetts; tower viewed from Boston Common.Corner of Park and Tremont Streets in Boston, the church and its location was known as "Brimstone Corner" perhaps from the sulphurous sermons preached there or the sulphurous material (gunpowder) said to have been stored there during the War of 1812.
Arlington Street Church (1861), Boston, Massachusetts (black and white). The oldest church in Boston's filled-in Back Bay. The upper stages of the tower bear a strong resemblance to the Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.
Custom House (1819) Salem, Massachusetts. Federal style with cupola and balustrade (the latter out to the eaves) with 1826 Eagle perched in the center. A wide Ionic columned portico with its own balustrade. Pilastered double door with enormous semi-circular window on top and side lights. Nathaniel Hawthorne worked here for three years.
Ralph Waldo Emerson House (1829), Concord, Massachusetts. Emerson bought the house in 1835 and lived here until his death in 1882. Black and White.
First Congregational Church (1804-09) Lebanon, Connecticut. Designed by the painter John Trumbull who was one of the sons of the Revolutionary War governor Jonathan Trumbull. John Trumbull had a brother named Jonathan Trumbull! The church is rather strange in appearance. The facade is basically a pediment sitting on four engaged columns having three bays, two of which are blind or blank with the third containing an arch for the entrance. The tower is much more interesting, having a brick base, then a substantial pedimented arched belfry which is followed by two balustraded octagonal stages with blind ovals. All is topped by a spire with a weather vane.
Bennett House (1814), Litchfield, Connecticut; In fall color. A Federal style house with a Palladian window in the front gable.
First Congregational Church (1829), Litchfield, Connecticut (1974 photograph). White clapboard church with columned pavilion. Tower of three stages plus spire sits atop the body of the church and the pavilion.
Bennington Battle Monument, Bennington, Vermont; Commemorating the Battle of Bennington, August 1777, which actually took place in Walloomsac, New York, west of Bennington. The Americans, timely refreshed by troops under Seth Warner, turned back detachments of Burgoyne's army (mostly Germans from Brunswick) who were trying to get to Bennington to capture supplies. Their defeat was a prelude to Burgoyne's subsequent surrender at the Battle of Saratoga.
Old First Church (1805), Bennington, Vermont; North side and tower from graveyard.
Old First Church (1805), Bennington, Vermont; West facade and tower. A Federal style church liberally adorned with Palladian windows. There is a quoined central pavilion with a Palladian window, topped by the lower stage of the tower which has Palladian windows on at least three of its four sides. This is topped by a balustrade and an arched belfry. On this sits an octagonal cupola with oval windows and weather vane at the very top.
Sudbury Congregational Church (Sudbury Meeting House) (1807). Another Federal style church with central pavilion having a Palladian window and two flanking windows. At some time in the 19th century the original tower was damaged or destroyed, and was replaced with this "spear-topped" arrangement.
Wethersfield Seed Gardens, Comstock Ferre & Co. Wethersfield, Connecticut. The business dates from the 1830s when seed was sold throughout New England and, it is said, as far west as the Mississippi River. Here we see the exterior on a beautiful fall day with a liberal display of pumpkins.
Bunker Hill Monument (Begun 1827; Dedicated 1843) Commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775. The monument sits on Breed's Hill where the battle was actually fought. It is made of granite from Quincy, Massachusetts.
Caleb Cushing House (1808), Newburyport, Massachusetts (black and white).
A squarish Federal style building, now the headquarters of the Historical Society of Old Newbury.
First Church (1804), Roxbury (Boston), Massachusetts. Another fine Federal style meeting house of white clapboard with a central pavilion, clock tower and three stages above terminating in a cupola with swallow-tail weather vane.
First Parish, Wayland, Massachusetts (1814). After Asher Benjamin.