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INVENTORY FORM CONTINUATION SHEET Town Property Address <br /> LEXINGTON 4 COTTAGE STREET <br /> MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL COMMISSION Area(s) Form No. <br /> MASSACHUSETTS ARCHIVES BUILDING <br /> 220 MORSSEY BOULEVARD 351 <br /> RI <br /> BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02125 <br /> HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: <br /> The Lexington Minute-man on August 10, 1907 includes a reference to the construction of this house: <br /> A.C. Washburn,the carpenter and builder, is busy this summer as usual. He is building...a cottage for Mr. <br /> Dennis Collins, at a cost approximately thirty-five hundred dollars, located on Woburn Street. <br /> Abram C. Washburn was Lexington's most prolific late 19th century builder/contractor. Many of his houses were built <br /> speculatively in Lexington's best neighborhoods and included homes on Parker, Clarke,Forest, Oakland, Chandler, and <br /> Bloomfield Streets, Glen Road, Winthrop Road, Stratham Road and Percy Road. The documentation on this house is <br /> useful as it suggests that the total output and range of his work was probably even greater than had been thought. <br /> Commissions for smaller cottages such as this were rarely mentioned in the local newspaper. <br /> According to directories, Dennis H. Collins was a school janitor. The 1910 Census indicates that in that year he was 39 <br /> and his Irish born wife Agnes was 35. Also living with them were Rose and Mabel Cominskey, ages 15 and 13, and <br /> described as boarders. The 1920 Census lists two adopted children, a boy and a girl, as also living with them. In the <br /> 1932 directory Collins is described as a janitor at the Munroe School. By 1942 Dennis was deceased but his widow <br /> Agnes was still living at 4 Cottage Street. <br /> BIBLIOGRAPHY: <br /> Lexington Directories,various years. <br /> Lexington Minute-man,August 10, 1907. <br /> U.S. Census,various dates. <br /> Supplement prepared by: <br /> Lisa Mausolf <br /> March 2009 <br />