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ARCHITECTURAL SIGNIFICANCE (Describe important architectural features and <br /> evaluate in terms of other buildings within the community.) <br /> This is the finest Shingle Style house in Lexington. The house shares <br /> many features with the Yerxa House in Cambridge by Hartwell and Richardson; <br /> and Susan Maycock, Hartwell and Richardson expert, is comfortable with the <br /> attribution of this house to the architects. A balanced design with turrets <br /> at either end, one round and one hexagonal, and a steep chateauesque roof <br /> with one dormier, this building with overall shingled finish is a cor.r,andinc <br /> presence on Waltham Street. There have been few changes to the gracious <br /> (see Continuation Sheet) <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 /> Augustus E. Scott was one of Lexington's most prominent citizens. He <br /> "came to Lexington shortly after graduating from college to be principal of <br /> the high school. Finding his ambitions were more extensive, he studied law <br /> and practiced in Boston" (Reinhardt dissertation, p. 102) . He was a state <br /> representative from 1379 to 1880 and a state senator in 1885. Ile became a <br /> justice in the Middlesex Central District Court. e was president of the <br /> Appalachian Fountain Club and a trustee of the Lexington Savings Bank. He <br /> served on the school committee and was repeatedly moderator of Town LieE�`ing. <br /> As chairman of the buildina committee of the Hancock School, A.E. Scott <br /> got to know Hartwell and Richardson, winners of the architectural competition, <br /> first hand. This must have induced him to choose the architects to design <br /> his own house. <br /> Scott married late at 53. Tradition states that he went to the I_ardi <br /> Gras in New Orleans, fell in love with the queen, and married her. i:rs. Scott, <br /> is said to have requested that he build her a "Spanish" house. <br /> The next owners were the Ryders of Newton, who purchased the house in <br /> 1917 for a summer residence. <br /> BIBLIOGRAPHY and/or REFERENCES (name of publication, author, date and publisher) <br /> Hudson, Charles. History of the Town of Lexington, revised and continued to <br /> 1912 by the Lexington Historical Society, Volume II, n. 617. Boston: <br /> Houghton 1,1ifflin Company, 1913. <br /> Lexington Iinute Nan, Iiav 15, 1891. <br /> Reinhardt, Elizabeth Wright. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Boston <br /> University. <br /> SocietN7 for the Preservation of New England Antiquities photograph collection. <br /> 10M - 7/82 <br />
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