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Built in 1837, the Roswell Gleason House, named Lilacs, stood at corner of Washington and Park Streets. The house was one of the finest examples of the transition from Greek to Gothic Revival domestic architecture in the Boston area. The form of the house was characteristic of Greek Revival standards, but the decorative elements were part of the late Gothic style. The two-bay entrance contained a portico of gothic spirelets and floor-length lancet-shaped sidelight windows. There was a two-story, three-bay porch composed of arcaded, pointed arches supported by clustered columns with annulets below the capitals and scroll-carved decoration in the spandrels. The interior of the house was decorated in Empire style.

In the 1890s when the estate was passed on and the subdivision of the property occurred, Claybourne Street (originally Ridge Road) was constructed, and the Gleason House was turned around to face east, later becoming 101 Claybourne Street. Two rooms from the house were donated to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts prior to demolition of the building in 1983, and the museum has installed the Gleason rooms in their newest wing for the Art of the Americas.










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