Cape Cod Houses

Collection Type

  • Photography



Location Note

photo albums #177,178A



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The album consists of 24 leaves, of which four are empty. The majority of the photographs depict domestic architecture in the following communities: Sandwich, West Barnstable, Marston Mills, Yarmouth, Dennis (including East and South Dennis), Chatham, Eastham and Wellfleet. There are also 2 pages depicting "Green Hill" in Brookline, and the Cheever House in Cliftondale, Massachusetts. There are also some photographs of unidentified domestic buildings. The photographic emphasis is on exterior elevations, including front and side views. There is a secondary emphasis on architectural details, including doorways and fences. The photographs, which measure approximately 3x5 (black and white throughout) appear to date to the 1910s, early 1920s and are of good documentary quality. There are no negatives. The album also includes 8 loose photographs, obtained from the Essex Institute probably at the same time period. These depict mantel pieces, designed by (or resembling) Samuel McIntire.


Descriptive Terms

residential structures
exterior views
interior views
architectural elements
photograph albums
black-and-white photographs

Additional Identification Number

album number 177

Physical Description

1 photograph album; 14 x 9 3/16 inches

Collection Code


Collection Name

Photograph albums collection

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The album was found by their librarian among some stray materials. It was thought not to include any material that related to the firm's commissions ( although there are few examples that suggest they may have had a hand in remodelling.) It is speculated that the photographs were taken by ( of for) Mr. Charles A. Coolidge, a former member o f the firm, who had a known interest in colonial architecture.


Massachusetts (United States)
Sandwich (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
West Barnstable (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
Marstons Mills (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
Yarmouth (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
Dennis (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
Chatham (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
Eastham (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
Wellfleet (Barnstable county, Massachusetts)
Brookline (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)

Record Details


Possibly Coolidge, Charles A. (Photographer)

Material Type

photograph albums
black-and-white photographs

Other People

McIntire, Samuel, 1757-1811
Coolidge, Charles A.

Other Organizations

Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson

Descriptive Terms

WEst Barnstable
Yarmouth, Mass
Marstons Mills, Mass
Dennis, Mass
Brookline, Mass
Chatham, Mass
Eastham, Mass
Wellfleet, Mass

Description Level


Location Note

photo albums #177,178A

Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

Note in front says 'believed to have belonged to Charles A. Coolidge "who did a great deal of study of architecture through photography." (see letter, accessions, 1989 file)