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


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.


Descriptive Terms

garden walks
lawns (landscaped grass)
Greek Revival
exterior views
albumen prints
garden seats
black-and-white prints (photographs)

Additional Identification Number

DigitalID 000485
AccessID 711
Other identifier HNEDID-000485

Physical Description

1 photograph

Collection Code


Collection Name

General photographic collection

Reference Code


Date Notes



Belmont (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)

Record Details


Benjamin, Asher, 1773-1845 (Architect)

Material Type

black-and-white prints (photographs)

Other People

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


Architectural photography

Description Level


Location Note

Geo.: Large: Mass.: Belmont: "Belmont" - John Cushing Estate