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Old building in Boston, known as "Harris's Folly"

GC002.01.MA.3800.004 (RS98080)

Description

"This spacious and lofty old building, situated at the corner of High and Pearl Streets, in this city, is about to be torn down to make room for modern improvements, and a more judicious and economical occupation of the extended site it occupies. It was erected some fifty years since, by Jonathan Harris, and is, even to this day the [largest?] private dwelling-house ever built in this city's history, though the surrounding grounds have been much curtailed within the last twenty years. The liberal design and costliness of this mansion must have indeed surprised the good people of Boston half a century since, with their unostentatious habits and Puritanic notions; and this, it is well understood, was the case, for it has been known, from the day of its completion, as Harris's Folly."

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Details

Collection Name
Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s
Collection Code
GC002
Dates
1851
Physical Description
1 engraving on newsprint
Dimensions
6x 7.25(HxW) (inches)
Collection Type
Graphic Materials
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
Prints and Engravings Collection number: PR298
GUSN
198638
Reference Code
GC002.01.MA.3800.004

Record details

Originator
Worcester & Co. (Engraver)
Descriptive Terms
exterior views
follies (architectural)
mansions
Material Type
line engravings (prints)
prints (visual works)
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Location Note
Prints: Boston, Ma.: Places or Streets: G-N
Physical Access Restrictions
Good, except for 2 holes

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