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

Collection Type

  • Architecture

Date

1840

GUSN

GUSN-175034

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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."

Details

Descriptive Terms

Greek Revival
country houses
black (color)
ink
watercolor (paint)
wove paper
pediments
front (positional attribute)
cupolas
porticoes
exterior elevations
architectural drawings (visual works)

Inscription

FRONT ELEVATION. (handwritten)
Edward Shaw, Boston Architect (handwritten)
8 ft = 1 inch. (handwritten)

Additional Identification Number

DigitalID 000283
AccessID 528
Other identifier HNEDID-000283

Physical Description

1 exterior elevation : black ink and watercolor on wove paper ; 12 x 14 3/4 inches

Collection Code

AR001

Collection Name

General architectural and cartographic collection

Date of Acquisition

1995

Reference Code

AR001.USMA.0100.001.001

Acquisition Type

Gift

Places

Arlington (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Spy Pond (Middlesex county, Massachusetts) [pond]

Record Details

Originator

Shaw, Edward, b. 1784 (Architect)

Material Type

exterior elevations
architectural drawings (visual works)

Accruals Note

Included in the Drawing Toward Home: Designs for Domestic Architecture from Historic New England exhibition.

Variant Title

William W. Warren House, Arlington, Massachusetts, 1840

Description Level

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