Reginald A. Fessenden House

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Reginald A. Fessenden House
Reginald A. Fessenden House, Newton (Middlesex County, Massachusetts).jpg
Reginald A. Fessenden House in 1975
Location 45 Waban Hill Road, Chestnut Hill, Newton, Massachusetts
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 76000950 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 07, 1976
Designated NHL January 7, 1976

The Reginald A. Fessenden House is a historic house at 45 Waban Hill Road in the village of Chestnut Hill in Newton, Massachusetts. It was the residence from 1919 to his death in 1932 of the inventor Reginald A. Fessenden, called "the father of radio broadcasting," because he was the first to broadcast the human voice and music by radio. It is a three story brick and stucco building built in 1919. It is an architecturally undistinguished building with vernacular styling that includes a tiled roof, hooded entry, large central chimney, and a generally asymmetrical massing. Although Fessenden spent many of his later years in Bermuda, where he also owned property, this house was his primary residence.[2]

It is still a private home and is not open to the public. This was the home of the prominent Kerns family during the mid- to late 20th century.[citation needed]

The house was declared a National Historic Landmark on January 7, 1976, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, in recognition that it is one of the few places with a long-term association with Fessenden.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "NHL nomination for Reginald A. Fessenden House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
The house in 2012

Coordinates: 42°20′25.4″N 71°10′15.6″W / 42.340389°N 71.171000°W / 42.340389; -71.171000