Charles Brigham Carriage House/Caretaker Cottage

100 Garfield Street
Watertown, Mass.

Year Built: 1909

This Tudor Revival with a full slate roof resting on heavy columns is deceptive in its low appearance, for it actually covers 2˝-stories yet maintains a Bungalow style’s low-to-the-earth appearance. Interrupted only by a single shed roof dormer, the roof terminates on the south with three gable extensions on which is Tudor half timbering. Organic brackets support the attic projection. The porch balustrade introduces the use of decorative cement-work in cast circular shapes. Altogether, the house is an imaginative design incorporating current stylistic trends of the Bungalow style with innovative Arts and Crafts, Shingle and even Swiss Chalet features. This house represents the most complex architectural style on the street. The house was built in 1909 as a carriage house and caretaker’s quarters and was originally an outbuilding of Brigham’s master house to the south. The land was subdivided and the house converted to an independent residence in 1938.


References

• Building Permit, Town of Watertown, #724, 10/1/1909, Charles Brigham, architect, noted. William Wilson was the builder.

• Massachusetts Cultural Resources Information System, Massachusetts Historical Commission, Inventory No. WAT.158 (Charles Brigham Caretaker Cottage, 100 Garfield Street, 1910, Charles Brigham, architect).

• “Some Applications and Uses of Stucco Work,” The Building Age, June, 1911, p. 317.


Images


2010, Front View


2010, Front Bay


2010, Front Bay


2010, Front Bay Detail


2010, Front Bay Pediment Detail


2010, Detail of Brackets on the Front on House


2010, Front Door and Surround


2010, Front Door and Surround Detail


2010, Front Gable and Bracket Detail


2010, Front Gable and Bracket Detail


2005


2010, Front Gable and Window Detail


2010, Front Gable and Window Detail


2010, Detail of Window on 2d floor Front


2010, Detail of Eastern Pergola


2010, Pergola Structure on West Side


2010, Rear View of 1st Floor


2010, Rear View of 2d Floor


2010, View of Chimney on Rear


2010, View of the Rear of House from the West


2010, View of Rear and West Side


2005, courtesy of Bob Colini


2010, View of South and West Side


2010, View of West Side


2010, View of West Side


2010, Detail of West Side


2010, View of East Side


2010, View of East Side


2010, View of Concrete Entranceway


1911


2005, courtesy of Bob Colini


Sketch by Brigham of the relative location of this building (i.e., garage)


1982


2010, Front View

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