William J. Lovell Farm

15 Mason Road
Watertown, Mass.

Year Built: ca.1895

This house was built in ca.1895 and was the W.J. Lovell farm. It originally had Orchard Street addresses since the neighborhood that currently sits in front of it was not yet built. It was numbered 85 Orchard Street until 5/31/1912 and then 77 Orchard Street until Mason Road was opened in front of the house.

While it is only three bays wide, this 2 story Queen Anne house has the large-scale proportions of the late Queen Anne merging with the Colonial Revival at the end of the 19th century with interesting Stick Style elements. Queen Anne in inspiration are the porch and eaves brackets, turned porch supports and the paired three-sided bay windows. Colonial Revival elements include the overall symmetrical design. The Stick Style elements include the horizontal and vertical sills on the bays and the horizontal sills between the first and second levels and the second and third levels.


References

• Massachusetts Cultural Information System, Massachusetts Historical Commission, Inventory No. WAT.94, W.J. Lovell House, 15 Mason Road, Charles Brigham architect.

• 15 Mason Road, Form B, Massachusetts Historical Commission, 1982


Images


Courtesy of the Watertown Free Public Library


2007


ca. 2000

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