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ARCHITECTURAL SIGNIFICANCE (Describe important architectural features and <br /> evaluate in terms of other buildings within the community.) <br /> One of the largest residences ever built in Lexington, this house is a <br /> formal Colonial Revival composition. Central pedimented pavilions on the front <br /> and rear facades are the chief focus of decorative features. The north pavilion <br /> incorporates a semicircular entrance portico with Corinthian columns; the south <br /> pavilion, a modified palladian window which is a close copy of that found on the <br /> house at 29 Chestnut Street in Salem built 1882-1885. The grounds of the estate <br /> extend from Eliot Road to Pelham Road. On the Pelham Road side is a formal <br /> sunken garden. <br /> HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE (Explain the role owners played in local or state <br /> history and how the building relates to the development of the community.) <br /> The house was built between 1918 and 1922 by Richard Engstrom, a <br /> successful patent medicine manufacturer. Later purchased by the Grey Nuns for <br /> a convent, the house is now an Armenian school for girls. An early 1930s real <br /> -- estate guide to Lexington indulged in wishful thinking when it called this <br /> mansion "typical of the many fine homes in which Lexington takes just pride." <br /> Only one other house in Lexington (Hayes castle) compared with it in size. <br /> BIBLIOGRAPHY and/or REFERENCES (name of publication, author, date and publisher) <br /> Guide to Lexington, undated, but probably 1930s. Worthen Collection, Cary <br /> Library. <br /> 1918 Directory <br /> 1922 Directory <br /> 10M - 7/82 <br />