James Standish House // 1874

Located on Francis Street in Brookline, the James Standish House, built in 1874, is a notable example of a late Italianate/Stick Style home. The home was apparently built by James Standish, who was listed in directories as a carpenter and builder. Mr. Standish moved to the Boston area from Bath, Maine, where he likely built some of the large sea captains mansions. He married Sarah Grant, who was from Kennebunkport, Maine, and they built this home in Brookline. Within five years, the house was sold and the couple moved to nearby Allston where they stayed. This house is a late example of the ever-popular Italianate style with overhanging eaves and brackets, but with a large central tower. The Standish House is especially noteworthy for its intricate detailing and decorative elements: cresting, crossbucks, dentils, and hexagonal mansard slate roof over the porch.

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