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One of the earliest houses built on Wollaston Hill is pictured here at 79 Winthrop Avenue. Built in the 1870s, this house was most likely built by George F. Pinkham, the person most responsible for the development of the Wollaston Hill area. It was on the cutting edge of the architecture of the time, a combination of Italianate and Gothic Revival.
The distinctive concave roof seen here was named for a 17th century French architect, Francois Mansart. In the 1850s, the style was revived in France by Napoleon III, hence the term "Second Empire" or "mansardic". Quincy has a few mansardic buildings but this is one of its finest.