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ARCHITECTURAL SIGNIFICANCE (Describe important architectural features and <br /> evaluate in terms of other buildings within the community.) <br /> This is an early house by Lexington's most original early twentieth <br /> century architect, Willard Brown (he designed Cary Memorial Library, for <br /> example) . The house shares characteristics with other Brown houses of the pre- <br /> World War I period: broad eaves, exposed rafters, emphasis on horizontality <br /> through various devices (in this case flared, broad eaves and string course <br /> between floors) , and porch with characteristic configurations of pediment at <br /> the entry and square posts with simple shaped brackets (c.f. 19 Oakland Street) . <br /> Fifteen and 20 Winthrop Road are also by Brown. <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 /> Frank D. Brown, an insurance agent, was Willard Brown's oldest brother. <br /> Willard Brown began practise in 1902. In the next four years he designed <br /> houses in Lexington for himself and two of his brothers (20 and 28 Meriam <br /> Street are the others) . The information that this house was built by F.D. <br /> Brown comes from reminiscences by Willard Brown's daughter. It may well be <br /> that Frank Brown gave his brother the commission, but did not live there <br /> immediately, for Henry S. Piper, a traveling salesman, is listed as the <br /> occupant in 1906. <br /> BIBLIOGRAPHY and/or REFERENCES (name of publication, author, date &,d publisher) <br /> Hudson, Charles. History of the Town of Lexington, revised and continued to <br /> 1912 by the Lexington Historical Society, Volume II, p. 70. Boston: <br /> Houghton Mifflin Company, 1913. <br /> Shoenhut, Sarah Emily Brown. "List of Houses in Lexington Designed by Willard <br /> Brown." Lexington Historical Commission files. <br /> 1906 atlas <br /> 1906 Directory <br /> 10M - 7/82 <br />