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ARCHITECTURAL SIGNIFICANCE (Describe important architectural features and <br /> evaluate in terms of other buildings within the community.) <br /> This house, set in a neighborhood of modest nineteenth century houses, <br /> has lost all its exterior finishes. It was moved to this location from elsewhere <br /> in town and, although its five-bay-long, two-room-wide profile with a center <br /> entrance in the side is similar to that of a Second Period house, documentary <br /> sources suggest this house was actually built c. 1850. <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 /> Thishouse was originally on the south corner of Massachusetts Avenue and <br /> Wallis Court. It belonged to William Stevens, a clerk in the Customs House in <br /> Boston, who moved to Lexington in 1845, suggesting a possible date of construc- <br /> tion. The house appears on the 1853 map and is shown on the 1876 map with a <br /> long rear ell. By 1889 the property was owned by Lewis Hunt, a hardware merchant <br /> who owned a great deal of real estate in Lexington. Sometime between that year <br /> and 1895 he moved the main section of the house to this location on Cottage <br /> Street and the ell to 31-33 Cottage Street and built a new house on the <br /> Massachusetts Avenue site. On Cottage Street this house was presumably rented, <br /> for Hunt is still shown as the owner on the 1906 map. <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, p. 671. Boston: <br /> Houghton Mifflin Company, 1913. <br /> Worthen, Edwin. Notes Made in 1941-1942. No. 83, Worthen Collection, Cary <br /> Memorial Library, Lexington, Massachusetts. <br /> 1853 map <br /> 1876 map <br /> 1889 map <br /> 1898 map <br /> 1906 map <br /> 10M - 7/82 <br />