William Boynton House // 1890

This stunning Queen Anne house in Brookline showcases everything that is synonymous with the term “Victorian” in architecture. This home was built in 1890 for William Boynton, a flour merchant who had offices in downtown Boston. The home features an assortment of siding types, sunburst motifs, an asymmetrical facade, and a large corner tower with an onion dome. The home is painted to showcase all the fine details and intricacies seen in the design.

Moorfield Storey House // c.1876

This home was designed by Robert S. Peabody of the firm Peabody & Stearns for his good friend Moorfield Storey. Peabody lived just next door. Moorfield Storey established a law practice in Boston, Massachusetts, eventually elected President of the American Bar Association in 1896. Storey served as the founding president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), serving from 1909 to his death in 1929. Storey was known to work 16-hour days, even into his later years. He was a fighter for unpopular issues, usually in the minority at any given time. Storey himself was quoted as saying “It is not success to fight on the winning side. It is success to fight bravely for a principle even if one does not live to see it triumph”. He moved out of this home in the early 20th century, relocating to Fenway which was seeing a massive surge in development.

Wales House // 1879

One of the best Stick style homes in Dorchester has to be the Wales House on Mill Street. The house was built in 1879 for Thomas G. Wales, a businessman, from plans by Dorchester architect John A. Fox. Fox was hired to design a handful of homes on Mill Street, and was a prominent Victorian-era architect who contributed to the growth in Dorchester after it was annexed to Boston, some called him the “Father of the Stick Style” in Boston. The clapboard and shingle-clad home has a Stick style porch and gabled window hoods at the second floor.