The Highland

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The Highland
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The Highland is located in Massachusetts
The Highland
The Highland is located in the US
The Highland
Location Somerville, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°23′13″N 71°5′55″W / 42.38694°N 71.09861°W / 42.38694; -71.09861Coordinates: 42°23′13″N 71°5′55″W / 42.38694°N 71.09861°W / 42.38694; -71.09861
Built 1892
Architect Kelley,Samuel D.
Architectural style Other, Romanesque
MPS Somerville MPS
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP September 18, 1989

The Highland is a historic multiunit residence at 66 Highland Avenue in Somerville, Massachusetts. The three story brick building was built in 1892 to a design by architect Samuel D. Kelley. It is one of the city's more elegant late 19th-century apartment houses, built during its rapid expansion in the late 19th century. The building listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The Highland is set on the south side of Highland Avenue on Central Hill, directly opposite the city's high school. It is a three story brick building, Richardsonian Romanesque in style, with brownstone trim, and a conical roof on its corner turret.[2] Brownstone beltcourses, varying in thickness, separate the basement, first, and second floors, and also separate the top of the third floor from the cornice, which has a band of dentil brickwork below the modillioned roof line. The main facade is six bays wide, divided into two similar sections having a rounded bay at the right. The main entrance is set in the third bay from the right beneath a large round brownstone arch.

The building was designed by Samuel D. Kelley, a noted local designer of apartment buildings, and built in 1892, during the city's rapid expansion as a streetcar and railroad suburb. It was marketed as an exclusive and elegant accommodation within walking distance of a train station with frequent service into Boston. It is one of the city's finest residential Romanesque designs.[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 The Highland". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-03-01.