25 Exeter St., Boston, Mass., hall

Collection Type

  • Photography

Location Note

HGO-01-001-F-R-1

GUSN

GUSN-167474

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Description

This interior view shows the upper hall of the William Bliss House at 25 Exeter Street in Back Bay, Boston, Massachusetts. A chandelier hangs from the ornately decorated ceiling of the town house. Chairs, a sofa, and tables are arranged around the hall. A copy of Giambologna's scuplture, Mercurio, stands on a pedestal with claw-and-ball feet. Nathan Matthews helped to develop the Back Bay and built 25 Exeter Street in 1882-1884. William Bliss, president of the Boston and Albany Railroad, seems to have been the first resident. In the mid-1880s, his daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Hamilton Perkins, moved into the house.

Details

Descriptive Terms

interior views
halls (interior spaces)
town houses
stairs
chandeliers (hanging lights)
reproductions
sculpture (visual work)
lighting
chairs (furniture forms)
tables (support furniture)
interior decoration
black-and-white prints (prints on paper)
photographs

Additional Identification Number

ACCESS ID 2064
Old ID 2100.00

Physical Description

1 photograph

Collection Code

PC002

Collection Name

Domestic interiors photographic collection

Reference Code

PC002.USMA.Boston.047.02

Abstract

Interior photograph of the upper hall at 25 Exeter St., Boston, Mass.

Places

Back Bay (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]

Record Details

Originator

Soule Photograph Co. (Photographic studio)

Material Type

black-and-white prints (prints on paper)
photographs

Other People

Bliss, William, 1834-1907

Subjects

Exeter Street (Back Bay, Boston, Mass.)
Mercurio (Sculpture)

Description Level

Item

Location Note

HGO-01-001-F-R-1

Historical/Biographical Note

Sources


Boston City Directory, 1885, 1905; bosarchitecture.com/backbay/exeter/25.html; Waters, H. The New-England Historical and Genealogical Register, p. xcvi-xcvii.