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Huebener Brick no. 32, Tolman House, Washington Street, Lower Mills
Huebener Brick no. 32, Tolman House
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 The house opposite the head of River Street was built in 1822 by Robert P. Tolman, who had a store in the next building on Washington Street toward Lower Mills. Tolman, or one of his ancestors, may have been the originator of the Tolman Sweet apple.

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 1858 Tolman House
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 This detail from the 1858 Walling Map of Norfolk County shows the house of Mrs. R. Tolman on Washington Street opposite River Street.

Tolman House
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 Photograph of the Tolman House in the collections of the Dorchester Historical Society.

Dolan Funeral Home
Dolan Funeral Home
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 In January, 2005, the building, which has been used for many years as a funeral home, was in the process of being sold to Walgreen?s Drugstores. Residents responded coolly to the Walgreen?s proposal, citing the building?s historic value and neighborhood composition, with the result that the building is still a funeral home.


Chaffee, John R. The History of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, Dorchester, Massachusetts. Boston: The Pilgrim Press, 1917, p. 21.

Beach, S.A., et al. The Apples of New York, v. 1. Albany: J.B. Lyon Company, 1905. Report of the New York Agricultural Experiment Station for the Year 1903 II. ?Thacher?s description [1822] of this variety is the earliest one of which we have any record. He was unable to trace it to its origin. Manning in 1891 called attention to the correct orthography, the name having been differently spelled by various authors, and mentioned the supposition that the variety orginated in Dorchester (Massachusetts). It has long been known in cultivatin in New York and it appears that it is more generally grown in the home orchards of this state than any other sweet apple.?

Dorchester Reporter, v. 23 issue 1, January 6, 2005, p. 1.

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Unitarian ChurchWashington and Harvard StreetsResidence of John Fottler, Jr.Walter Baker Model of Milton Lower Mills in 1822
Huebener Brick no. 43, Town HallTorrey HouseMap Detail showing location of Edmund Baker HouseMount Bowdoin Railroad Station
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Created: June 15, 2008   Modified: April 14, 2011