Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Isaac Mansfield House (1721)

Isaac Mansfield was a joiner who built his home in Marblehead in 1721. He may be the same person as Capt. Isaac Mansfield (born 1695 and died 1760) [there was also an Isaac Mansfield, Esq., born in 1722, and another … Continue reading

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The Amos and Solomon Towne House (1804)

One of the earliest Federal-style mansions on Chestnut Street in Salem was built in 1804 for two brothers, a schoolmaster and a ship-master, Amos and Solomon Towne. Notable for its fine entrance porch, the house was jointly owned until Amos … Continue reading

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First Church in Cambridge (1871)

Merry Christmas from Historic Buildings of Massachusetts!!! Today, Let’s look at a church with a long history. The current church, or meeting house, of the First Church in Cambridge, is the congregation’s sixth and was built in 1871. The first … Continue reading

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The Gideon Tucker House (1809)

The Gideon Tucker House, also known as the Tucker-Rice House, is at 129 Essex Street in Salem. It was built in 1808-1809 for Gideon Tucker who, according to Old Time Ships of Salem (1917): was born March 7, 1778, and … Continue reading

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The Pickering House (1651)

One of Salem‘s most interesting buildings is the Pickering House at 18 Broad Street, which is the oldest house in the United States continuously occupied by one family. The earliest section, on the east, was erected by carpenter John Pickering, … Continue reading

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The Smith-Crosby-Endicott House (1789)

The house at 359 Essex Street in Salem was built in 1788-1789 by Benjamin Smith and Capt. Nicholas Crosby. They later divided their property and Crosby built his own house next door. From 1815 to the 1880s, the Smith-Crosby-Endicott House … Continue reading

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Vilna Shul (1919)

The Vilna Shul is an Orthodox synagogue on Phillips Street on Boston‘s Beacon Hill. It was built for a congregation of Eastern European immigrants, primarily from Vilnius, Lithuania. The Anshei Vilner Congregation was founded in 1893 in the West End … Continue reading

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