Alfred B. Tainter House

Elmwood Street
Newton, Mass.

Year Built: 1868
Year Demolished: by 1895

Charles Brigham made a “pencil sketch of ground plan” in late 1868. It is unclear whether this is a completed design. Tainter’s house was demolished by 1895. No plans or pictures are known to survive.

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.”


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

• G.H. Beers Map of Middlesex County, 1874, Newton, Plate A.

• G.W. Bromley Atlas of Middlesex County, 1895, Newton, Plate 001.

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

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