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ARCHITECTURAL SIGNIFICANCE (describe important architectural features and <br /> evaluate in terms of other buildings within community) <br /> Round side tower w/bell-shaped top. 2z stories, end gable. <br /> Irregular window placement. 6/1 double-hung sash. <br /> Stone foundation. <br /> 3rd floor front, triple 9/2 window in incised round arch. <br /> This is one of three carriage houses on Meriam Hill that have been <br /> remodeled into dwellings. The building, with its tower with bell-shaped roof, <br /> half-timbered gable treatment, and subtle recessed arch below, was probably <br /> Lexington's most elaborate carriage house. Also noteworthy is the fact that <br /> the design did not match that of the Italianate main house in the least. <br /> HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE (explain the role owners played in local or state history <br /> and how the building relates to the development of the community) <br /> The carriage house or stable, an attached shed, hen house and dwelling <br /> were built by Benjamin Franklin Brown, an insurance agent in Boston. Brown's <br /> property had one of the highest assessments in Lexington in 1897, and an <br /> historic photograph shows an elegant estate. In 1924 Hallie Blake sold the <br /> structure to Wesley Wadman. Shortly thereafter, the rear portion of the <br /> building was separated, moved to its present location at 6 Wadman Circle, <br /> placed on a new foundation with basement, and remodeled as a dwelling. This <br /> carriage house itself was subsequently remodelled into a dwelling. <br /> BIBLIOC,RAPHY and/or REFERENCES <br /> Lexington Historical Society Photograph Collection <br /> Middlesex County Registry of Deeds, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Plan Book 180, <br /> Plan 1, 1909. <br /> Worthen, Edwin B. Unidentified newspaper clipping in scrap book in possession <br /> of Elizabeth Wright. <br /> Personal communication from Gary Lawson. <br /> 20b1-2/80 <br />
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