Wendell Bancroft House

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Wendell Bancroft House
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Wendell Bancroft House
Wendell Bancroft House is located in Massachusetts
Wendell Bancroft House
Wendell Bancroft House is located in the US
Wendell Bancroft House
Location 20 Washington St., Reading, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°31′20″N 71°6′39″W / 42.52222°N 71.11083°W / 42.52222; -71.11083Coordinates: 42°31′20″N 71°6′39″W / 42.52222°N 71.11083°W / 42.52222; -71.11083
Built 1867 (1867)
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Gothic Revival
MPS Reading MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP July 19, 1984

The Wendell Bancroft House is a historic house at 20 Washington Street in Reading, Massachusetts. Built in the late 1860s, it is one of the town's few surviving examples of residential Gothic Revival architecture, built for one of its leading businessmen of the period. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The Wendell Bancroft House stands in a suburban residential neighborhood west of central Reading, at the northeastern corner of Washington and Woburn Streets. It is a 2-1/2 story wood frame house, with a hip roof and clapboarded exterior. The roof has cross-gable dormers with steeply pitched roofs and decorative bargeboard trim, and the south facade has Gothic lancet windows. Windows are topped by small shedroof hoods supported by decorative brackets; the latter also appear on the main roof eave, the porch roof eave, and the eave of a bay window on the south side. The front porch has a hip roof supported by chamfered posts, and a turned spindle balustrade.[2]

The house was built in the late 1860s, and is one of the few Gothic Revival houses in the town. It was built by Wendell Bancroft, a prominent local businessman and banker. He owned a coal and lumber yard, was a founding officer of the First National Bank of Reading, and was a director of two other local banks.[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 Wendell Bancroft House". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-02-17.