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Historic New England preserves Shingle-style home in Newton, Mass.

August 31, 2015

Peabody_Williams House

Peabody-Williams House in Newton, Massachusetts, is the ninety-seventh property protected through the Historic New England Preservation Easement Program.

Designed by Boston architect J. Williams Beal (1855-1919), Peabody-Williams House was built in 1891. It retains its original character and is an important example of Shingle-style architecture, materials, and workmanship in Massachusetts.

Inside the house, wood carvings and built-in cabinetry are the work of Andrew Lees (1844-1937), whose daughter, Mabel Lees Williams, occupied the property from the early 1900s until her death in the 1950s. The easement protects other interior features including stained and leaded glass windows, mirrors, some window hardware, and ceiling light fixtures. In addition, the stones at the fern garden south of the house, granite steps leading to the street south of the house, and other landscape features may not be altered without prior approval. The easement also protects the property against subdivision.

Peabody-Williams House was individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. Diana Korzenik, a longtime member and supporter, is the property owner who donated the preservation easement to Historic New England.

Learn more about how Historic New England helps communities preserve their historic character through preservation easements.

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Historic New England preserves Shingle-style home in Newton, Mass.