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Webster Childs House

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Built  1876
NRHP Reference #  89000644
Area  1,214 m²
MPS  Winchester MRA
Opened  1876
Added to NRHP  5 July 1989
Webster Childs House
Location  Winchester, Massachusetts
Architectural style  Queen Anne style architecture

The Webster Childs House is a historic house at 9 Meadowcroft Road in Winchester, Massachusetts. Built about 1876 by a Maine lumber magnate as part of the exclusive Rangeley Estate, it is one three examples of Panel Brick Queen Anne architecture in the town. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

Description and history

The Rangeley Estate subdivision was a high-end residential development, located southwest of Winchester center on the west side of the railroad tracks. The land was purchased by David Skilling, a lumber businessman from Maine, and developed by him into an exclusive gated development (its wall and a gate are still visible on Church Street, at the northern end of the development). This house was built by Skilling as a rental property, and was purchased in 1889 by Webster Child, a piano manufacturer.

The Childs House is set well back from Meadowcroft Road, on the southern edge of Skilling's development. It is a 2-1/2 story brick structure, with a mansard roof and Stick style decoration in projecting gable sections. The walls are polychrome brick (mainly red and black), and windows are set in segmented-arch openings with sawtooth brickwork. The main facade is symmetrically arranged, with a central projecting pavilion topped by a gable with a trefoil and a pointed-arch window. The entrance is set in a segmented-arch opening in the pavilion, sheltered by a single-story porch.

References

Webster Childs House Wikipedia


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