31 in 31 of Your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #17

Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House, 105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA


I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series.

About the Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House:

The Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House is as important to Cambridge as is the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (who lived in the house). The house is a fine Georgian style mansion with a distant view of the Charles River. I visited the house three summers ago, and one room that I seem to not forget is the one filled with Chinese and Japanese art treasures (maybe it’s because I love Asian art). The house is owned by the National Park Service and is open to the public.

Have you visited the home of an author recently or as a child? If so, which author’s house did you visit?

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  1. toddlarson

     /  October 17, 2010

    Just to add that the Vassal-Craigie-Longfellow House is attributed to architect Peter Harrison, who designed King’s Chapel in downtown Boston, Christ Church in Cambridge, and is the attributed architect of the Shirley-Eustis royal governor’s mansion in Roxbury. His style of bold, symmetrical classical composition framed by distinct columns or pilasters is evident here.

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