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Frank Skinner House, Federal Hill Farm, Dedham, Mass., Hall.

PC002.USMA.Dedham.106.10 (RS14320)


Interior photograph of the hall in the Frank Skinner House, Federal Hill Farm, Dedham, Mass.

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Collection Name
Domestic interiors photographic collection
Collection Code
ca. 1907
Acquisition Type
Date of Acquisition
July 12, 1944
Physical Description
1 photograph
11"x 14" (HxW) (inches)
Collection Type
Description Level
Additional Identification Number
Old ID: 2722.00
Reference Code

Record details

Descriptive Terms
interior decoration
interior views
Material Type
Dedham, Mass.
Location Note


Date of photograph - Frank Skinner House, Federal Hill Farm, Dedham MA #

AvatarPosted by Sally Seufert Holmes on October 1, 2015
Good Evening,
I have noticed that in "Details" for this photograph, the date is "n.d." The date of this photograph is circa 1907 when construction on this beautiful home was completed. The architect of the Skinner house (Federal Hill Farm) in Dedham was Guy Lowell. The owners were Francis Skinner, Jr. and his wife, Sarah (later Sarah Shea). This beautiful room stands still in time, as it has been the property of the Ursuline Sisters since Mrs. Skinner Shea's passing in 1956. The room remains the same to this day. Also of great significance, and thanks to the photographs of 266 Beacon Street that appear on the site, I have been able to do some comparisons and have identified the wall sconces, chairs, and fireplace andirons depicted in this photograph as being pieces from the Frank Skinner home at 266 Beacon Street. Frank Skinner, or Francis Skinner, Sr., was the father to Mr. Skinner, Jr. After Mr. Skinner Sr.'s death in 1905 and upon the completion of construction of their home in 1907, the Dedham Skinners relocated many of the beautiful pieces from 266 Beacon Street to their new residence. My validation for this information is via research, inspired by the fact that my grandfather was the chauffeur to the Skinner/Sheas for 49 years, as well as general manager of Federal Hill Farm. As for the room depicted in this particular photograph, the Ursuline Sisters incepted a school on the property in the late 50's and I attended Kindergarten in the beautiful house, crossing this beautiful room every day on the way to class.
Thank you for your wonderful website and its rich historical offerings!
Sally Seufert Holmes

RE: Date of photograph - Frank Skinner House, Federal Hill Farm, Dedham MA #

AvatarPosted by Abigail Cramer on October 2, 2015
Hello Ms. Holmes,

Thank you for sharing this wonderful family connection and rich history with us! It is truly a pleasure to learn about personal connections with the materials we preserve. I'm certain that the information you've provided here will be useful to other researchers, and I'm very glad to be able to add a date to the record. I will do so, and the change should appear online over the next day or so.

Again, thank you so much for this contribution. It is appreciated very much.

Abigail Cramer
Historic New England