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.

Krogmann House // 1894

Built in 1894 for Mr. Washington Libby Krogmann and his wife, Carrie Wheeler (Krogmann). Just months after moving into their new home, Mr. Krogmann died from Tuberculosis at the young age of 35. Carrie Krogmann was left with three children to take care of alone. Carrie began composing music within a year under her name and various pseudonyms as a man. It is speculated that she used male names to be taken more seriously as a composer. She likely was influenced by her parents Austin and Ellen Wheeler, who were amateur musicians. Ms. Krogmann and her children moved to Brookline by 1904. Their home on Mill Street in Dorchester is an excellent example of transitional Queen Anne & Colonial Revival styles. It features clapboard and shingle siding, Tuscan columns, verandah, and prominent corner tower with a rounded conical cap.