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Front elevation of the William Wilkins Warren House, Arlington, Mass., 1840

AR001.USMA.0100.001.001 (RS2359)

Description

This exterior elevation in ink and watercolor on heavy paper presents the front facade of the William Wilkins Warren House in Arlington, Massachusetts. Edward Shaw designed the house in the Greek Revival style. In his autobiography, Warren states that, after returning to Boston from St. Thomas in May 1840, he "purchased from my brother-in-law, William Schouler, a five-acre lot bordering on Spy Pond in West Cambridge. This was laid out on a plan I had drawn while at sea; a Doric villa was erected and hundreds of trees and shrubs set out the same year, the whole being completed so that we we were in full enjoyment of it the spring following. The place was much admired, and from its novel construction was called the West-India House."

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Details

Collection Name
General architectural and cartographic collection
Collection Code
AR001
Dates
1840
Acquisition Type
Gift
Date of Acquisition
1995
Physical Description
1 exterior elevation : black ink and watercolor on wove paper ; 12 x 14 3/4 inches
Inscriptions
FRONT ELEVATION. (handwritten)
Edward Shaw, Boston Architect (handwritten)
8 ft = 1 inch. (handwritten)
Dimensions
12x 14 3/4 (HxW) (inches)
Collection Type
Architectural and Cartographic Materials
Description Level
Component
Additional Identification Number
DigitalID: 000283
AccessID: 528
Other identifier: HNEDID-000283
GUSN
175034
Reference Code
AR001.USMA.0100.001.001

Record details

Variant Title
William W. Warren House, Arlington, Massachusetts, 1840
Originator
Shaw, Edward, b. 1784 (Architect)
Descriptive Terms
Greek Revival
black (color)
country houses
cupolas
front (positional attribute)
ink
pediments
porticoes
watercolor (paint)
wove paper
Material Type
architectural drawings (visual works)
exterior elevations
Places
Arlington (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Spy Pond (Middlesex county, Massachusetts) [pond]
Places (Buildings)
William Wilkins Warren House (Arlington, Mass.)
Notes
Included in the Drawing Toward Home: Designs for Domestic Architecture from Historic New England exhibition.

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