Henry and Mary Clark House

105 Garfield Street
Watertown, Mass.

Year Built: 1886

This 2½-story, four bay house with gambrel roof is Colonial Revival in style with some interesting Queen Anne energy. South facing, the south façade is symmetrical in composition with four gabled dormers above the first and second floors which juxtapose a gabled verandah and a rounded bay of two stories beside a small oriel. There are corner pilasters with Corinthian capitals and there are three dormers with pediment-shaped roofs punctuating the roof on the south side.

This house was built in 1886. Henry Clark was in the engines and machinery business on Oliver Street in Boston. He lived here with his wife, Mary Clark and daughter Abby. This house was originally numbered 23 Garfield Street prior to May 31, 1912.

The cylindrical stairwell projecting off of the front façade is similar to that on the Eugene Thayer house at 17-19 Gloucester Street in Boston, also designed by Brigham in 1886.


References

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

• Middlesex South Registry of Deeds, Book 1727, Page 582, Brigham to Clarke, 10/21/1885.

• Division of Clients, Sturgis & Brigham, 8/1/1886, John Sturgis Papers (Boston Athenaeum), Mary Clarke noted.


Images


2010, front door surround


2010


2010, porch detail


2010, Hall door and surround


2010, stairwell


2010, stairwell


2010, entrance hall


2010, living room


2010, living room window seat


2010, living room, hearth detail


ca. 2000


2010, living room fireplace


2010, living room fireplace detail


2010, living room door trim


2010, dining room


2010, dining room mirror and hutch


2010, dining room hutch


2010, dining room fireplace


2010, dining room dentil molding and paneling


2010, fireplace


2010, fireplace


2010, fireplace


2010, fireplace


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2010, 1st floor fireplace


2010, 1st floor fireplace


2010, 1st floor fireplace


2010


2010, 2d floor landing


2010, pine flooring, 2d floor


2010, perhaps former fire box in fireplace


2007, rear


2010, carriage house roof


2010, carriage house interior


2007, front


Carriage House, c.2000, courtesy Town of Watertown


2010, front


2010, front door area

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