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

Description

An exterior rear view, possibly taken in wintertime, 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 1904 and lived there until he died on February 5, 1924. This image may have been taken in wintertime as there appears to be snow on the roof.

Details

Descriptive Terms

houses
lawns (landscaped grass)
Greek Revival
exterior views
dwellings
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs

Additional Identification Number

DigitalID 000489
AccessID 666
Other identifier HNEDID-000489

Physical Description

1 photograph

Collection Code

PC001

Collection Name

General photographic collection

Reference Code

PC001.02.01.USMA.0250.0050.006

Date Notes

1900s-1920s

Places

Belmont (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Originator

Benjamin, Asher, 1773-1845

Material Type

black-and-white prints (photographs)
photographs

Other People

Benton, Everett Chamberlin, d. 1924
Cushing, John Perkins, 1787-1862

Subjects

Architectural photography

Description Level

Item

Location Note

Geo.: Small: Mass.: Belmont: Cushing Estate: Photos