Reginald A. Daly House

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Reginald A. Daly House
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Reginald A. Daly House.
Reginald A. Daly House is located in Massachusetts
Reginald A. Daly House
Reginald A. Daly House is located in the US
Reginald A. Daly House
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°22′31″N 71°7′36″W / 42.37528°N 71.12667°W / 42.37528; -71.12667Coordinates: 42°22′31″N 71°7′36″W / 42.37528°N 71.12667°W / 42.37528; -71.12667
Built 1910
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Queen Anne
Part of Old Cambridge Historic District (#83000821)
NRHP Reference # 76000305[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 07, 1976
Designated NHL January 7, 1976
Designated CP June 30, 1983

The Reginald A. Daly House is a historic house located at 23 Hawthorn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is a National Historic Landmark, notable for its association with Reginald Aldworth Daly (1871-1957), an eminent geologist, Penrose Medal winner, and Harvard University professor.

The house is a two story wood frame structure, estimated to have been built in the 1880s or 1890s. The house is styled in a Queen Anne/Shingle style, but is not particularly architecturally distinguished. Its interior had (as of its designation in 1976) not been significantly altered since Daly's death. Reginald Daly was born in Ontario, and was educated at Victoria College (now the University of Toronto). He then engaged in graduate studies at Harvard, earning an MA. and PhD in geology. In 1908 Daly began teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and in 1912 he joined the faculty of Harvard, where he remained for the rest of his life. He purchased this house in 1910. Daly's contributions to the field of geology were wide-ranging: he was one of the first to synthesize a consistent theory of igneous rocks, based on an extensive analysis of a large body of physical evidence. He was also instrumental in bringing physics and chemistry into the study of geology. He was widely recognized by his peers, and received numerous honors, including the first honorary degree granted by his alma mater, Victoria College.[2]

The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1] It was further included in the Old Cambridge Historic District in 1983.[3]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "NHL nomination for Reginald A. Daly House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-03-09. 
  3. ^ "MACRIS inventory record for Reginald A. Daly House". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-03-09.