John B. Goodrich House

148 Church Street
Newton, Mass.

Year Built: 1868

Charles Brigham designed this house in 1868 for “a young lawyer, Mr. Goodrich,” and the fee was $420. Therefore the house cost $8,400 to build, as Brigham's customary fee was 5%. It appears that this house has been altered, including at least removal of original clapboard cladding.

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.”


References

• Letters from Charles Brigham to John Hubbard Sturgis, November 26, 1867 and September 30, 1868, Sturgis Papers, Boston Athenaeum Library (John B. Goodrich)

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

• Deed, Ebenezer Woodward to Anna Goodrich, Book 1052, Page 321, August 15, 1868; Mortgage, Anna and John Goodrich, Book 1052, Page 322, August 15, 1868.


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