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Huebener Brick no. 48 Granary Building, Commercial Point
Huebener Brick no. 48 Granary Building
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 Orcutt says of the Granary:

In 1832 a syndicate was formed for the prosectuion of the whale and cod fisheries at Commercial Point. This syndicate was composed of Messrs. Nathaniel Thayer, a brother of John E. Thayer, the founder of the house of the well-known firm of Kidder, Peabody, & Co.; Mr. Elisha Preston, of Dorchester, who was the senior part of the firm of Preston & Thayer; Mr. Josiah Stickney, a well-known Boston merchant; and Mr. Charles O. Whitmore, of the firm of Lombard & Whitmore, whose residence was near the Point, and who acted as ?ship?s-husband? for the vessels composing the fleet. This syndicate equipped four vessels for the whale fishery, and twenty schooners, of which two--the ?Belle? and the ?Preston?--were built at the Point. They purchased not only the wharf, but quite a tract of land in its immediate vicinity, where they put flakes for the drying of their codfish. They also built some cooper-shops and a store for the supply of sailors? outfits and ship chandlery. The store was built from the material used in the construction of the granary which formerly occupied the site of the present Park Steet Church in the city proper.

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 Granary Building Store House
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 The ships? storehouse was apparently located on the southern side of Commercial Point.

Store House, Commercial Point
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 Photograph in the collecton of the Dorchester Historical Society, possibly used as a model for the brick painting.

Newell House, Whitmore House, Wales House
Newell House, Wales House, Commercial Point
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 Whitmore lived in the Newell House which had been rented out over the 19th century to many occupants.

The Niles House, a companion to the Newell House, was owned by Captain William M. Rogers whose name may be seen on the map along with the Wales House.

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Here are some images from the Atheneum archive related to this topic. Click on any of these images to open a slideshow of all 23 images.
Coal Schooner, Commercial PointCommercial Point Painting ca. 1840Map detail 1874 Commercial PointGas Tank seen from Tenean Beach
Map Detail 1858 Granary Building Store HouseGasometerSchool House Commercial PointTrask Pottery
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Created: July 2, 2008   Modified: April 15, 2011