340 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Collection Type

  • Photography


ca. 1925

Location Note

photo albums # 211, 212, 216



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"340 Commonwealth'

A leather bound album of 18 black and white photographs of the townhouse at 340 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts. Photographs show townhouse exterior and interior shots of front hallway with lovely circular staircase, parlors, dining room, bedrooms. Photos show family interest in musical instruments (harp and piano) and sporting equipment including mounted deer head. Townhouse is presumed to be the home of the Dowse-Gifford family. Loose photograph in front shows the Dowse-Gifford family in Duxbury, Massachusetts in 1925. Family is shown in beach attire. Rosamond Gifford is identified. According to the Boston Directory, 1925, Carleton S. Gifford, clerk with Providence Inst. for Savings, resided at 340 Commonwealth and Charles S. Dowse is listed as the householder at 340 Commonwealth.


Descriptive Terms

exterior views
interior views
town houses
musical instruments
sports and athletic equipment
photograph albums
black-and-white photographs
albumen prints

Additional Identification Number

album number 212

Physical Description

1 photograph album; 11 x 14 inches

Collection Code


Collection Name

Photograph albums collection

Date of Acquisition

Dec 2003

Reference Code


Acquisition Type



Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Duxbury (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Material Type

photograph albums
black-and-white photographs
albumen prints

Other People

Gifford, C. S., Mrs.
Dowse, Charles Francis, Mrs.
Gifford, Rosamond, Miss

Descriptive Terms

Dowse-Gifford house
340 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Mass
Duxbury, Mass

Description Level


Location Note

photo albums # 211, 212, 216