Henry Cobb House

184 Newtonville Avenue
Newton, Mass.

Year Built: 1868
Year Demolished: Unsure of Date

The house was designed by Charles Brigham and built in 1868. It was likely demolished as the land on which it now sits has several mid-20th century houses on it. No plans or pictures are known to survive of this house.

At the time this house was being built, Brigham speculated about the development potential of Newton. He believed that Newton was “a thriving place and would be a profitable field” and explicitly wrote “that I want to get a foothold this year in Newton.”


• 1897 Bird's Eye Map of Newton, Wards 1 and 7, Library of Congress.

• Letter from Charles Brigham to John Hubbard Sturgis, 9/30/1868, Sturgis Papers, Boston Athenaeum Library.

• Letter from Charles Brigham to John Hubbard Sturgis, April 20, 1868, Sturgis Papers, Boston Athenaeum Library (wants a foothold in Newton).


184 Newtonville Avenue is at the center of this illustration at the corner of the two streets.

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