Herbert Coolidge House

77 Garfield Street
Watertown, Mass.

Year Built: 1884

This high style 2-story Shingle Style Queen Anne house retains it original relationship with the corner site, placed with meticulous attention to visual impact as well as for admitting light and air to the interior. Two-and-a-half stories in height, it shares the widely varied massing typical to the Queen Anne period, and vigorous exterior detailing. In this case, gables and a band between first and second stories are decorated with saw-tooth, wave and fish scale shingles, while scrolled window pediments, Palladian window and a suggestion of paneling complete the detailing. It was built in 1884.

This house was the Coolidge farmstead and was originally numbered 17 Garfield Street prior to May 31, 1912.


• Massachusetts Cultural Resources Information System, Massachusetts Historical Commission, Inventory No. WAT.155 (77 Garfield Street, Charles Brigham, architect).

• Middlesex South Registry of Deeds, Book 1648, Page 557, 11/13/1883, Brigham to Coolidge (land)

• Plan of Building Lots on the Brigham Estate, Middlesex South District Registry of Deeds, Plan Book 46, Page 47 (1885) (house present).


ca. 2000


This house is the 2d on the right. Courtesy of the Watertown Free Public Library

Close-up, courtesy of the Watertown Free Public Library

2009, rear and south side, along Brigham Street

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