Edmund Dwight House

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Edmund Dwight House
WinchesterMA EdmundDwightHouse.jpg
Edmund Dwight House is located in Massachusetts
Edmund Dwight House
Edmund Dwight House is located in the US
Edmund Dwight House
Location Winchester, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°26′10″N 71°9′15″W / 42.43611°N 71.15417°W / 42.43611; -71.15417Coordinates: 42°26′10″N 71°9′15″W / 42.43611°N 71.15417°W / 42.43611; -71.15417
Built 1858
Architect Robert Coit
Architectural style Italianate
MPS Winchester MRA
NRHP Reference # 89000633[1]
Added to NRHP July 5, 1989

The Edmund Dwight House is a historic house at 5 Cambridge Street in Winchester, Massachusetts, straddling the town line with Arlington. It was built in 1858 in an Italianate style. It was one of the first and grandest country houses built in Winchester at a time when Boston businessmen were seeking to build such houses. Edmund Dwight, the wealthy businessman who was its first owner, was married to a great-granddaughter of Thomas Jefferson. The house's design is believed to be based loosely on that of Jefferson's Monticello. The house is sited for an expansive view of the Upper Mystic Lake.[2]

The house is a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure, originally finished in clapboard siding. It is basically rectangular, with a rounded central bay on the eastern facade, facing the lake. A single-story porch wraps around three sides of the building. Significant alterations were made to the house in the 1890s, including the stuccoing of the exterior, and the addition of a two story ell to the northeast corner. These changes were made under the auspices of local architect Robert Coit. A second, single-story, addition was made to the northwest corner in 1985. The original 12-acre (4.9 ha) property purchased by the Dwights was subdivided c. 1940, leaving the house on just 2 acres (0.81 ha). The house's stable was then converted to a residence, and stands on an adjacent lot in Arlington.[2]

The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Edmund Dwight House". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-03-13.