Emerson–Franklin Poole House

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Emerson–Franklin Poole House
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Emerson–Franklin Poole House is located in Massachusetts
Emerson–Franklin Poole House
Emerson–Franklin Poole House is located in the United States
Emerson–Franklin Poole House
Location23 Salem St., Wakefield, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°30′31″N 71°4′10″W / 42.50861°N 71.06944°W / 42.50861; -71.06944Coordinates: 42°30′31″N 71°4′10″W / 42.50861°N 71.06944°W / 42.50861; -71.06944
Arealess than one acre
Built1795 (1795)
Architectural styleFederal, Vernacular Federal
MPSWakefield MRA
NRHP reference #89000685 [1]
Added to NRHPJuly 06, 1989

The Emerson–Franklin Poole House is a historic house at 23 Salem Street in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Built about 1795, it was in the 19th century home to Franklin Poole, a locally prominent landscape artist. Some of its walls are adorned with the murals drawn by Rufus Porter. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The Emerson–Poole House stands in a residential area northeast of Wakefield's downtown area, on the north side of Salem Street between Main and Pleasant Streets. It is a ​2 12-story wood-frame structure, five bays wide, with a side gable roof, clapboard siding, and two asymmetrically placed chimneys. The main facade is also slightly asymmetrical. A mid-19th-century porch with modest vernacular Italianate features extends across the full width of the front, and additions project to the side and rear of the original structure.[2]

The house was built about 1795 by Elias Emerson, who sold it to Timothy Poole, a house painter. It was the birthplace in 1808 and home of locally prominent painter Franklin Poole, who captured many historically significant scenes of Wakefield in the mid-19th century. The house is also important for the murals of Rufus Porter, an important itinerant muralist, painted on its walls, and as a well-preserved local example of Federal period architecture.[2]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Emerson–Franklin Poole House". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-01-31.

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