Swan House // 1886

Located on the old Philbrick estate in Brookline, this house was constructed by Edward Philbrick as a brick Victorian Gothic home for rent. It appears that within a year of its completion, the home was purchased by William W. Swan, a lawyer. Swan soon after, hired architect Arthur Little to make alterations to the house, adding the very unique Shingle style porches, dormers, and bays, which really elevate this home’s design. After Swan’s death, his widow lived in the home with their son until the home was purchased by a Dr. Henry R. Stedman. Stedman was a physician, with offices in Boston, and was also the superintendent of the Stedman-Bournewood Hospital, a Brookline psychiatric facility.

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