Samuel Morse House
973 Hale StreetThis building was designed by Charles Brigham in 1870 and cost approximately $9,000 to build.
Year Built: 1870
Brigham used ornamental tiles or some other porcelain that he procured from Miller and Coates in New York City.
Sturgis & Brigham were known for their seaside “cottage” designs and this design is one of those commissions. In the years to follow, Sturgis & Brigham would design in the most fashionable areas of Newport and coastal Massachusetts, including for such clients as Edward D. Boit house (“The Rocks” in Newport, 1866), Robert Cushing house (“The Ledges” in Newport, 1868), T.M. Davis House (“The Reef,” Newport, 1876), Charles Codman house (Cotuit, Mass., 1867), Martin Brimmer house (Beverly, Mass., 1870), Henry Cabot Lodge house (Nahant, Mass.), George Abbot James House, (“Lowlands,” Nahant, Mass. 1867), Henry P. Kidder House (“Netherfield,” Pride’s Crossing 1886), among others.
The cladding of this house appears to be stucco, which suggests that it has been altered.
• Letters from Charles Brigham to John Hubbard Sturgis, 5/18/1870, 6/21/1870, 8/3/1870, 8/23/1870, 1/1871, Sturgis Papers, Boston Athenaeum Library.
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