John E. Sylvester House

26 Summit Avenue
Somerville, Mass.

Year Built: 1885-1886

Charles Brigham designed this house for John E. Sylvester.

One of the only few brick dwellings in the area, this house is unusual not only for its use of building materials, but also for its elaborate use of craftsmanship in the finely detailed Queen Anne trims. English prototypes of Queen Anne architectural details are evidenced in the foliated designs in gable peaks, the frieze on the main façade, the butt-shingled second story, the oriel bay supported by three decorative brackets in the gable peak, the large ornamented chimney and the irregular massing.

Alterations to the property include new iron columns supporting the entrance porch roof.

This house has strong similarities in massing to 50 Garfield Street, also designed by Charles Brigham.


Registries

• Local Historical District


References

• Sturgis & Brigham, Division of Clients, August 1, 1886, J.E. Sylvester is a client of Charles Brigham’s.


Links

http://www.davidjrusso.com/architecture/brigham/buildings/AddressSummary.php?id=11956995676721


Images


1988, courtesy of the Mass. Historical Commission


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