John B. Goodrich House
148 Church StreetCharles 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.
Year Built: 1868
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.”
• 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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