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INVENTORY FORM CONTINUATION SHEET Town Property Address <br /> LEXINGTON 11 PERCY ROAD <br /> MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL COMMISSION Area(s) Form No. <br /> MASSACHUSETTS ARCHIVES BUILDING <br /> 220 MORRISSEY BOULEVARD 490 <br /> BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02125 <br /> HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: <br /> A long article entitled"Another Beautiful Home"appearing in the Lexington Minute-man on May 18, 1894 provides a <br /> wonderfully detailed description of the nearly-completed house: <br /> The interior of the large and imposing new residence just built for the Lexington home of Mr. Warren Sherburne, <br /> at the foot of Mt. Vernon, is rapidly reaching completion, and will be ready for the family's occupancy by June <br /> 1St. The contract for the painting of the house was put in the hands of Bailey Bros., of Lexington, and they have <br /> done a thorough job and shown fine skill and workmanship in their decoration of the interior of the house, and on <br /> the expensive wood work finish. The house is so located that magnificent views are afforded from all sides. It is <br /> somewhat colonial in its style of architecture, a feature of the-?-being its deep circular bay windows,which give <br /> the rooms an oval shape decidedly pleasing, and has the effect of increasing the scope of the view obtained from <br /> the windows,which are all of the best French plate with casings of unusual size. In the parlor is a large <br /> semicircular window,the glass of which is one sheet and follows the curve of the window; and in the sitting room <br /> a mammoth window,which gives a broad sweep looking up Main street, is filled by a clear sheet of French plate. <br /> Of course these windows have added very materially to the expense of the house and it is in these details of finish <br /> that the house is distinguished,the owner being generous in the expenditure to make the house perfect in each <br /> department. A handsome ornamental, pillared porch gives entrance to the building and introduces the visitor into <br /> a broad hall,running through the middle of the same,with rooms on either side. Surrounding the house is a stone <br /> terrace which adds much to the dignity of the outside finish,which although plain is ornamented quite lavishly <br /> with wood carving. Broad double doors open at the main entrance into a vestibule paved with Florentine mosaic; <br /> and from here you pass directly into the large reception hall. The side wall at the left is broken by a broad open <br /> fireplace with a richly carved mantel, and just beyond is the staircase with a unique balustrade,handsomely <br /> constructed and carved which is spacious and gives much grace and dignity to the hall. The hall and long <br /> reception room opening to the left is finished in cherry. There is no paper used in the house. All the walls and <br /> ceilings are painted. The main rooms are decorated with an artistic design in stucco relief, and the colors used on <br /> the lower floor are variations in tone of one tint. The effect is a pinkish fan shade,the more quiet tint being <br /> strengthened in the decoration by a stronger accent of the pink shade. The parlor and sitting room are connected <br /> by a pillared archway, and both rooms have handsome, carved mantels. The first room to the right opening from <br /> the hall is the library, finished in oak,with high bookcases protected y glass door, either side of an open fireplace <br /> and over mantel of oak. The dining room,which is of excellent proportions, is next in order and is wainscoted in <br /> antique oak,the oaken construction beams of the ceiling being exposed and handsomely finished. A handsome <br /> mantel and wrought iron fixtures for the lighting of the room are other pleasing details. At the end of the hall is a <br /> toilette room and beyond is the kitchen, fitted with all the modern appliances. Leading out of the dining room is <br /> an elegant china closet protected by glass doors, and this with the pantry would be greeted with delight by a <br /> housekeeper. The laundry and summer kitchen is in the basement,where is also the mammoth heating apparatus. <br /> Fine electric appliances have been placed in the building for lighting and call bells by Lawrence and Haskill. The <br /> chambers of the family are located on the second floor and are beautifully decorated and fitted up with <br /> handsomely finished wood work,tinted walls and ceilings, and open fireplaces. A spacious dressing room leads <br /> out of Mr. Sherburne's room, and is furnished with a large wardrobe with commodious drawers and receptacles <br /> for clothing. There are three toilette rooms on this floor,which are attached to three of the sleeping rooms used <br /> by members of the family, and are elegantly fitted up with porcelain baths set on marble rests,with the wall space <br />
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