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Dorchester Illustration of the Day, May 29, 2009
Belvidere Hall
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 Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1072

Frederick Gleason built a summer house on Blue Hill Avenue about 1840 (apparently later subsumed by Franklin Park). Gleason was the publisher of Gleason's Pictorial Drawing Room Companion. The issue of the Companion for October 18, 1851, described the estate: Its great charm is the delightful and extended prospect it affords of the entire harbor of Boston, and the surrounding plain and hills for many miles in extent. The grounds immediately belonging to the house are some three acres in extent, and are improved to the best advantage by a thrifty growth of every species of rich and valuable tree ? the house is situated on the Dorchester and Roxbury lines and is about four miles from the City of Boston.

Technically the house was not in Dorchester since it was located on the west side of Blue Hill Avenue (Brush Hill Turnpike). The area was considered Dorchester informally probably because services such as major roads, shopping, churches, etc. were more convenient on the Dorchester side of the estate.

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Created: May 29, 2009   Modified: May 29, 2009