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Huebener Brick no. 25 Knox Webster House, Washington Street
Huebener Brick no. 25 Knox Webster House House
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 The name of the Knox-Webster House should include the name of Welles since the house was the mansion house of the Welles estate. General Henry Knox occupied the house in 1784 just after the Revolution, and he may have been the original builder. It was part of the estate owned by John Welles and his heirs during much of the 19th century, and it was occupied by tenants for much of this period. In 1822 Daniel Webster lived there and attended the Second Church. Many prominent Boston residents leased the estate for a summer residence, and for a period, a beer garden flourished on the grounds. It was replaced by the Henry L. Pierce School in 1892, which was itself replaced by the Codman Square branch of the Boston Public Library in the 1970s.

The Edward A. Huebener collection of over 100 bricks originally collected by Mr. Huebener exhibits brick paintings of the houses from which the bricks came. The bricks have upon them painted scenes of (mostly) old Dorchester houses and landmarks. To see a list of all the bricks, choose the term Architecture in the list at the left of the screen and choose the first subsection -- the Edward A. Huebener Brick Collection and scroll to the bottom of that page to see icons for all the bricks.

Map detail 1874 Welles Mansion House
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 The Welles Mansion House was located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Washington Street and Welles Avenue as shown in this detail from the 1874 Hopkins atlas.

Henry Knox
General Henry Knox
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 A much younger General Henry Knox occupied the Welles mansion during the Revolution.

Knox is famous for his expedition to bring cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Dorchester Heights.

Welles Mansion
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 An early photograph of the house in the collection of the Dorchester Historical Society with the initials EAH (Edward A. Huebener).

Welles Mansion
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 Scan of The Welles Mansion, Dorchester in The Homes of Our Forefathers by Edwin Whitefield. Boston, 1880.

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Welles House65 Welles Avenue turn of the centuryWelles HouseWellesley Park
Map of Wellesley ParkWelles Mansion65 Welles Avenue65 Welles Avenue
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Created: May 28, 2008   Modified: April 14, 2011