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INVENTORY FORM CONTINUATION SHEET Town Property Address <br /> LEXINGTON 19 OAKLAND ST. <br /> MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL COMMISSION Area(s) Form No. <br /> MASSACHUSETTS ARCHIVES BUILDING <br /> 220 MORRISSEY BOULEVARD 0 373 <br /> BOSTON,MASSACHUSETTS 02125 <br /> HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: <br /> In the spring of 1883,the Lexington Minute-Man noted the impending construction of this house as well as the house next <br /> door at 17 Oakland Street: <br /> Mr. E. P. Bliss, and Mr. Geo. Jackson, both of Boston and former guests at the Massachusetts House during two <br /> summers have bought building lots on the hill back of Lexington station and facing on the new portion of <br /> Oakland street. This is a very sightly and attractive part of the town, and no doubt more building projects will <br /> soon follow,now that the start has been made(Minute-man, May 11, 1883). <br /> In 1888 a stone wall was built around the premises(Minute-man, Oct. 19, 1888). <br /> A brief article appearing in the Lexington Minute-man on March 16, 1907, offers an unusual glimpse into the interior of <br /> the house and the Willard Brown addition: <br /> At Cedarcroft, on Saturday last, a party of the"oldest Lexington boys"were elaborately entertained. To see the <br /> Bliss' house is educational and entertaining. The grotto in the basement,with the trickling waters falling into a <br /> granite basin,where fishes are sporting, surrounded with exotic plants and blossoms, is a rare sight; and also, in <br /> connection,there is a sunny conservatory which adds to the enchanting scene. The living room is filled with rare <br /> curios,many from the old world,and its construction is unique and pleasing. The loggia should not be omitted, <br /> as from it there is an extended view toward Boston. It is largely encased in glass and well warmed for the winter <br /> season, so it is a constant delight. The feast was bountiful and should have to be seen and partaken of to be <br /> described. The guests returned to their homes feeling they had been royally entertained,and grateful to the genial <br /> host for the favors they had received. <br /> According to the Town History,Edward Penniman Bliss(b.1850)was educated at Harvard and came to Lexington in <br /> 1882. He served on the school committee from 1886-1901 and was chosen selectman in 1912. He was active in the <br /> Historical Society,the Hancock Church and the Old Belfry Club. He died about 1915. <br /> Edward and his wife Mary did not have any children. In 1920 Mrs. Bliss was living here with her 88 year old mother <br /> Mary McKay and four servants. Mrs. Bliss was still living here in 1926 but was gone by 1932. <br /> BIBLIOGRAPHY: <br /> Lexington Directories,various dates. <br /> Lexington Minute-Man, May 11, 1883; Oct. 19, 1888; March 16, 1907. <br /> U.S. Census Records, 1900-1930. <br /> Supplement prepared by: <br /> Lisa Mausolf <br /> June 2009 <br />