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


"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."


Descriptive Terms

exterior views
follies (architectural)
prints (visual works)
line engravings (prints)

Additional Identification Number

Prints and Engravings Collection number PR298

Physical Description

1 engraving on newsprint

Collection Code


Collection Name

Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s

Reference Code


Image Dimensions

6 x 7.25 (HxW)(inches)


Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

Record Details


Worcester & Co. (Engraver)

Material Type

prints (visual works)
line engravings (prints)


Good, except for 2 holes

Description Level


Location Note

Prints: Boston, Ma.: Places or Streets: G-N