Dorothy Draper Hamlen family home, Brush Hill Road, Milton, MA

Date

1939-1940

Location Note

289

GUSN

GUSN-323630

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Description

A large bound album displayng in detail the home of Dorothy Draper Hamlen and her family at 704 Brush Hill Road, Milton, Massachusetts. Album has over 700 black -and-white photographs and was assembled and photographed by Dorothy Draper Hamlen between 1939-1940. The photograph collection illustrates in great detail the interior and exterior of the house, gardens, and outbuildings. All photographs are labeled in detail including details on the furniture, paintings, decorative items, clocks, dishes, lamps, and rugs and where they were purchased or received as gifts. All people are identified including family, friends, household staff and pets. The interior photographs detail each room of the 3 story house including staff quarters, cellar and attic spaces. Exterior shots show gardens both formal and vegetable, as well as tennis courts, grape arbors, and outbuildings includiing gardener's cottage and the Farm house. Dorothy Hamlen has given the history of use of many rooms discussing family life, dancing classes, and holiday celebrations. According to real estate listings the house was built in 1920 for the Saltonstall family.

The album as a whole, although amateur, is a wonderful illustration of famly life in the late 1920s. It shows life with pets, household help, decorative stye, and many details about how the house was enjoyed by a large family.

Inside the front cover is written in Dorothy's handwritting " Photographs taken of 704 Brush Hill Road, Milton, Mass and of the family and friends casually there, by Dorothy Draper Hamlen as a remembrance of 21 years of happy days, and sad ones, taken in 1939-1940." She continues to discuss what should happen to the album upon her death. First, she directed it to go to her step-son Devens Hamlen, then made another decision after his early death. She writes " In view of the fact that Devens Hamlen predeceased me, my children may decide to whom to give this book - one of the older grandchildren?, or perhaps, just burn it - as each of my 5 children has a duplicate book of his or her own." Signed by Dorothy Draper Hamlen.

Details

Descriptive Terms

historic houses
interior
interior views
exterior views
gardens
interior decoration
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photograph albums

Additional Identification Number

album number 289

Physical Description

1 phtotograph album

Collection Code

PC009

Collection Name

Photograph albums collection

Date of Acquisition

2016

Reference Code

PC009.289

Acquisition Type

Library & Archives Purchase

Places

Milton (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Originator

Hamlen, Dorothy Draper, 1890-1970 (Photographer)

Material Type

black-and-white prints (photographs)
photograph albums

Other People

Hamlen, Dorothy Draper, 1890-1970
Hamlen , Paul Mascarene, d. 1939

Subjects

Historic House

Descriptive Terms

Milton, Mass
historic houses
interior views
exterior views
gardens
family life
interior decoration
Hamlen, Dorothy Draper
Hamlen, Paul Mascarene

Description Level

Item

Location Note

289

Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

Dorothy Draper Hamlen, the creator of this album, was the daughter of Massachusetts Governor Eben S. Draper. She was born in Hopedale, Massachusetts in 1890. In 1911, she married Thomas Brattle Gannett and had 5 children. After Thomas died in 1931, she married Paul Mascarene Hamlen, who died in 1939. With Paul she lived in Milton at 704 Brush Hill Road and later moved to Mainstone Farm, Wayland where she lived until her death in 1970.