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INVENTORY FORM CONTINUATION SHEET Community: Form No: <br /> MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL. CCWSSION Lexington 4.90 <br /> Office of the Secretary, Boston <br /> Property Name: 11 Percy Road <br /> Indicate each item on inventory form which is being continued below. <br /> ARCHITECTURAL SIGNIFICANCE <br /> Hotel, and a number of churches. Kelley also designed several houses in the <br /> Back Bay and on Bay State Road. He worked in the prevailing eclectic idiom <br /> of the late nineteenth century, moving easily from Richardsonian Romanesque, <br /> through Queen Anne to Colonial Revival. <br /> This handsome house is a splendid example of the exuberance of design <br /> possible to the eclectics. It draws upon characteristics of both the earlier <br /> Queen Anne and the emerging Colonial Revival styles. The barrel vaulted, <br /> pedimented entrance portico, supported by slender columns, leads to a generous <br /> door flanked by sidelights and fanlight of ornately leaded glass. The domin- <br /> ance of the central element is emphasized by a railed balcony at the second <br /> floor level, surmounted by a dramatic dormer two windows wide with a broken <br /> scroll pediment. Beneath the apex of the scroll is a delicately carved garland. <br /> All these details are reminiscent of the mid-eighteenth century. <br /> A "contemporary" touch is found in the tower-like mass which thrusts <br /> forward to the left of the central salient, surmounted by a conical roof, a <br /> design element typical of the late nineteenth century. Mr. Sherburne's glass <br /> business is made evident in the large panes of curved glass, one as much as <br /> 4 feet by 6 feet in dimension, found in the first floor bays. Other devices <br /> of interest include the carved garlands in the dormer pediments, the carved <br /> brackets at the cornice, and the restrained used of stained glass in the <br /> palladian window to the rear of the house. <br /> The interior is as generous and eclectic in conception as the exterior. <br /> The stained glass fanlight and sidelights of the hall entrance door and the <br /> "living hall" treatment of fireplace, seat and elaboratively carved stairs <br /> are completely in the Queen Anne tradition. The tiles around the hall fire- <br /> place may have been done by Low of Boston, one of the earliest art tile <br /> companies in America. However, other details, such as the McIntire inspired <br /> treatment of the living room and bedroom fireplaces and the molded plaster <br /> pattern of the walls in the hall relate directly to the eighteenth century. <br /> The harmonious mingling of these disparate elements has created a country <br /> house of charm and elegance. <br /> Staple to Inventory form at bottom <br />
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