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Exterior rear view of Bellmont, the Cushing-Col. Benton Estate, Belmont, Mass.

PC001.02.01.USMA.0250.0050.001 (RS485)


An exterior view of the rear elevation of the John Perkins Cushing-Colonel Everett Chamberlin Benton House at 75 Oakley Road in Belmont, Massachusetts. J. P. Cushing named his estate "Bellmont" after a "gentle eminence at its center that provided views toward Fresh Pond and the Mystic River valley." The property was originally in a part of Watertown that later became Belmont, which was named after the estate. Asher Benjamin designed the Greek Revival house and five greenhouses with participation from Cushing. Construction began in 1840 and was completed some fifteen years later. Colonel Benton, a businessman who founded the Massachusetts Fire and Maritime Insurance Company and was a Republican politician, purchased the estate in 1903 and lived there until he died on February 5, 1924. A group of three women and three men are group as if posed on the great lawn. One woman is mounted on a horse, in front of which a man stands. The other two women are seated and hold parasols. One man is seated on the porch, and the other man stands next to one of the seated women.

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Collection Name
General photographic collection
Collection Code
Date Notes
Physical Description
1 photograph
Collection Type
Description Level
Additional Identification Number
DigitalID: 000485
AccessID: 711
Other identifier: HNEDID-000485
Reference Code

Record details

Benjamin, Asher, 1773-1845 (Architect)
Other People
Benton, Everett Chamberlin, d. 1924
Cushing, John Perkins, 1787-1862
Descriptive Terms
Greek Revival
albumen prints
exterior views
garden seats
garden walks
lawns (landscaped grass)
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
Architectural photography
Belmont (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Places (Buildings)
John Perkins Cushing Estate (Belmont, Mass.)
Location Note
Geo.: Large: Mass.: Belmont: "Belmont" - John Cushing Estate


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