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ARCHITECTURAL SIGNIFICANCE (Describe important architectural features and <br /> evaluate in terms of other buildings within the community.) <br /> A house with imposing site, this building combines an oversize gambrel <br /> roof which encompasses the second and third stories with a fieldstone first <br /> level. The broad overhang of the roof is supported by exposed beams. <br /> There are rough-cut granite sills and lintels. <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 /> The house was built for Col. Charles C.G. Thornton by Mr. Day, a <br /> contractor from Magnolia, Massachusetts. This was a winter residence for <br /> Thornton, the newspaper tells us, for in October 1894 his return from summer <br /> residence in Magnolia was noted. The newspaper described Thornton's new <br /> house as "beautiful, unique, and picturesque" and stated that the location <br /> and house were "unusually fine for a country suburban place." Thornton <br /> built a cottage for his niece at 16 Percy Road at the same time as his house. <br /> Before 1899, Thornton died and his widow moved to the cottage. The main <br /> house was bought by William E. Harmon, a real estate broker. <br /> BIBLIOGRAPHY and/or REFERENCES (name of publication, author, date and publisher) <br /> Lexington Minute Man, June 16, 1893, October 12, 1894, October 26, 1894. <br /> 1906 atlas <br /> 1894 Directory <br /> 1899 Directory <br /> 1906 Directory <br /> Personal communication from Mary Baird. <br /> 10M - 7/82 <br />