Crystal Lake and Pleasant Street Historic District

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Crystal Lake and Pleasant Street Historic District
House on Webster Court
Crystal Lake and Pleasant Street Historic District is located in Massachusetts
Crystal Lake and Pleasant Street Historic District
Location Roughly bounded by Sudbury Aqueduct, Pleasant Ave., Lake Ave., and Crystal St. and Webster Ct., Newton, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°19′48″N 71°12′5″W / 42.33000°N 71.20139°W / 42.33000; -71.20139Coordinates: 42°19′48″N 71°12′5″W / 42.33000°N 71.20139°W / 42.33000; -71.20139
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Late Victorian, Mansard
Governing body Private
MPS Newton MRA
NRHP Reference # 86001735[1]
Added to NRHP September 04, 1986

The Crystal Lake and Pleasant Street Historic District encompasses a streetcar suburban residential subdivision developed between 1860 and 1895 in Newton, Massachusetts. The district roughly bounded by the Sudbury Aqueduct, Pleasant Avenue, Lake Avenue, and Crystal Street and Webster Court. The subdivision was laid out in the 1850s after the Boston and Charles Railroad line was extended through Newton from Brookline.[2] The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1]

The oldest houses in the district are on Pleasant Street, and date to the 1850s. The street has a series of well preserved Carpenter Gothic houses, with fanciful scroll-sawn vergeboard decoration in the gables, dormers, and porches. Another of the older houses in the district is the c. 1858 Bracketed Italianate house at 21 Lake Avenue. The only Second Empire house in the district is a modest cottage at 112 Pleasant Street.[2]

Later styles are also well represented in the 23 properties in the district. 97 Lake Avenue is a particularly well-sited Queen Anne Victorian, with flared eaves, conical tower, and elaborate porte cochere. Stick styling is represented in the house at 908 Beacon Street, and an excellent Colonial Revival home is found at 38 Lake Avenue. This house was built c. 1893 for David Andrews, president of the Boston Bridge Works Company, and has excellent views of Crystal Lake.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b c "NRHP nomination for Crystal Lake and Pleasant Street Historic District". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-04-10.