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Historic New England protects one of the oldest houses in Brookline, Mass.

April 23, 2013

Brookline

One of the oldest houses in Brookline, Massachusetts, is the eighty-fifth privately owned historic property and the first property in Brookline protected through Historic New England’s Stewardship Easement Program.

Some of the most significant items protected through the preservation easement include timber framing with decorative carving, early floor boards, an early door with seventeenth-century hinges, and an early plaster wall with wallpaper fragments.

During David England’s ownership the seventeenth-century framing of the house was uncovered establishing its early date of construction and later work by the Oxford Dendrochronolgy Laboratory indicates that the house was built in 1683. It is an important example of seventeenth-century architecture in eastern Massachusetts.

The house is located in a National Register district, but Mr. England sought this additional layer of protection to prevent demolition and protect existing exterior features and early framing from insensitive alteration.

Learn more about Historic New England's Stewardship Easement Program.

White Place 17th Century House

Posted by Rick Detwiller on May 8, 2013
I did a study of the WHite Place house for the Englands years ago and somewhere in my files have copies of my brief report, drawings and photos. I assume you have these, but thought I'd check to be sure.
I'd be interested in seeing anything done since as well as the dendro report
Thanks, Rick D.

White Place 17th Century House

Posted by Carissa Demore, Preservation Services Manager – Southern New England on May 13, 2013
Hi Rick,
Glad to hear of your continuing interest in this house. We do have your report and drawings in our files, but thank you for checking! I will look into the possibility of getting you the dendro report.

Thanks,
Carissa Demore
Preservation Services Manager – Southern New England

20 White Place

Posted by Chrtis Kelley on July 29, 2015
My brother Robert & his wife Pat lived in that house when they were newlyweds. I visited there many times. We all look fondly on that house. I'd love to visit there now

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Historic New England protects one of the oldest houses in Brookline, Mass.