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Number 103 Grandview was built in the 1890s. The "Shingle Style" which followed the exuberant Queen Anne Style was favored for sea side and suburban homes. The trend began with the grandiose shingled summer homes of McKim, Mead and White in the 1880s and continued with the fine Shingle Style houses of William Ralph Emerson in Massachusetts and John Calvin Stevens in Maine. They were characterized by quiet compact massing, enveloping roofs which were often gambreled, simple classic details and the use of weathered shingles to "wrap" the house. It was considered an American derived architecture which was influenced by the early weathered clapboarded and shingled 17th century houses.
The most dominant element in this residence is the three story tower with a domical roof, a rarity in Quincy. Although the house has some Queen Anne characteristics such as the roof structure, the tower and the fan shaped decoration in the entrance pediment, it is the use of the shingles which envelop the house, which curve inward toward projecting windows and which soften corners that identify it as a fine Shingle Style house. It is set on a typical Quincy granite foundation. It is one of the fine late 19th century residence in the Wollaston Hill neighborhood. This property has been recommended for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
March has proven to be a fickle month so far. This pre-school play area illustrates it well.
[click image to enlarge] After the Greek Revival period, Quincy followed the national trend of building a majority of its churches in the Go...
A late winter snowstorm named "Stella" is due to bear down on the Northeast Tuesday!
After today's snowfall, the sky took on a watercolor glow of pink, purple and blue. It was a winter wonderland once again.