Hiram P. Dinsmore House // 1894

In 1894, Hiram P. Dinsmore, a clerk at the nearby Tewksbury Almshouse, purchased land not too far from his work to build a home for his family. The well-designed late-Victorian home features a wrap-around porch, a corner tower, twin sunburst or flower motifs, and the use of shingle and clapboard siding, all hallmarks of the Queen Anne style. After Hiram’s death, his wife and children lived in the home, and it was later willed to his daughter Beatrice and her husband, both of whom worked at the Tewksbury Almshouse (since renamed Tewksbury Hospital). The home has seen some deterioration with large sections of siding completely open to the elements unobscured by paint and a sagging porch roof. Hope to see this beauty restored.

3 thoughts on “Hiram P. Dinsmore House // 1894

  1. Danielle April 5, 2022 / 10:18 am

    I live in Tewksbury and drive by this house every day. I see the beauty in it and am trying to connect with the current owner to buy and restore this home back to its original glory. If anyone knows anything about the current owner, please reach out! I have had no luck getting in contact with them and am on a mission to bring this vacant victorian back to life.

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    • Buildings of New England April 6, 2022 / 6:24 pm

      Assessing is the best place to find the owner information, but I know some owners can be reluctant to respond, especially if they feel like “the vultures are swarming” haha! This house has amazing bones and great potential though. Let me know if you acquire it!


  2. Sharon September 8, 2022 / 6:27 pm

    I so wish someone would restore this house before it collapses. It could be beautiful! Supposedly the last owner was Douglas G. Shumacker (according to REHOLD) but not sure anyone is living there at this time.

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