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Cape Cod Houses


The album consists of 24 leaves, of which four are empty. The majority of the photographs depict domestic architecture in the following communities: Sandwich, West Barnstable, Marston Mills, Yarmouth, Dennis (including East and South Dennis), Chatham, Eastham and Wellfleet. There are also 2 pages depicting "Green Hill" in Brookline, and the Cheever House in Cliftondale, Massachusetts. There are also some photographs of unidentified domestic buildings. The photographic emphasis is on exterior elevations, including front and side views. There is a secondary emphasis on architectural details, including doorways and fences. The photographs, which measure approximately 3x5 (black and white throughout) appear to date to the 1910s, early 1920s and are of good documentary quality. There are no negatives. The album also includes 8 loose photographs, obtained from the Essex Institute probably at the same time period. These depict mantel pieces, designed by (or resembling) Samuel McIntire.

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Photograph albums collection
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Acquisition Type
Date of Acquisition
Physical Description
1 photograph album; 14 x 9 3/16 inches
Collection Type
Description Level
Additional Identification Number
album number: 177
Credit Line
The album was found by their librarian among some stray materials. It was thought not to include any material that related to the firm's commissions ( although there are few examples that suggest they may have had a hand in remodelling.) It is speculated that the photographs were taken by ( of for) Mr. Charles A. Coolidge, a former member o f the firm, who had a known interest in colonial architecture.
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Historical/Biographical Note

Note in front says 'believed to have belonged to Charles A. Coolidge "who did a great deal of study of architecture through photography." (see letter, accessions, 1989 file)

Record details

Possibly Coolidge, Charles A. (Photographer)
Other People
Coolidge, Charles A.
McIntire, Samuel, 1757-1811
Other Organizations
Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson
Descriptive Terms
Brookline, Mass
Chatham, Mass
Dennis, Mass
Eastham, Mass
Marstons Mills, Mass
WEst Barnstable
Wellfleet, Mass
Yarmouth, Mass
architectural elements
exterior views
interior views
residential structures
Material Type
black-and-white photographs
photograph albums
Massachusetts (United States)
Sandwich (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
West Barnstable (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
Marstons Mills (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
Yarmouth (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
Dennis (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
Chatham (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
Eastham (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
Wellfleet (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
Brookline (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)
Location Note
photo albums #177,178A

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