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Huebener Brick No. 28 John Robinson House, Adams Street
Huebener Brick no. 28 John Robinson House
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 The only reference in Orcutt's Good Old Dorchester to John H. Robinson (1809-1883) is as a member of the committee to build Lyceum Hall in the mid-nineteenth-century.

John Howe Robinson was a descendant of James Robinson (1646-1694) and Mary Alcock (1645-1718). A few details of John Howe Robinson?s life and of his ancestors and descendants appear in a sketch in The American Series of Popular Biographies. He served as Selectman and lived at the old homestead, earning his living in the real estate and insurance business. He and his wife Elizabeth Clapp, daughter of Ebenezer Clapp, were members of the Unitarian Church (First Parish).

John?s father, Major Edward Robinson, who owned the house before him, was a very successful brick manufacturer. He was one of the largest land proprietors of his day, owning most of the land between Washington Street and the waterfront from Field?s Corner to Savin Hill, as well as the whole north side of Savin Hill.

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 1910 Robinson House, Adams Street
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This detail from the 1910 Bromley atlas shows the location of the Robinson House on Adams Street a little to the north of Field's Corner.

John H. Robinson House
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 This photograph from Dorchester Old and New shows the house from the street.

Robinson House, Adams Street
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 This photo from the driveway shows the side of the Robinson House.

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Created: June 9, 2008   Modified: April 14, 2011