1058 Adams Street

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No. 3893 1058 Adams Street, photograph February 14, 2004.

Date of construction: 1850

Charles Francis Swan purchased the land in late 1849, and he was taxed for an unfinished house at the time of the assessment in 1850.


Wiliam H. Swan House  [note: this does not appear to be true]

Greek Revival, Italianate

circa 1850

The following is from the Lower Mills East area form, Boston Landmarks Commission prepared as part of 1994 Survey of Dorchester. Dated May, 1995 and recorded by Edward W. Gordon.

As already noted, the eastern end of Adams Street, near its intersection with Richmond Street, represents the oldest housing in the area with three pre-1850 houses exhibiting Greek Revival and in some cases Italianate stylistic characteristics. Several of these houses retain their large Victorian era stables. 1058 Adams Street is a noteworthy, very intact, gable-fronted side passage with rear ell, Greek Revival Italianate hybrid. It is composed of a 3-bay x 2-bay main block with two- and one-story rear ells. It appears to possess a side hall plan. Particularly memorable is s full length front porch with porch posts exhibiting open panels while curvilinear barge boarding appears beneath the roof eaves. The corners of this house exhibit paneled Doric pilasters. Still extant behind this house is its mid 19th century stable which is remarkable for its unusually formal door and window enframements.

The 1850 map shows only 5 houses extant in the Lower Mills area including the residences of the W.H. Swan (1058 Adams Street),

This map shows a house labeled Packard an the north side of Adams Street, beyond present day Butler Street, which may still exist in an altered form. In 1874, # 1058 Adams Street was owned by Charles F. Swan, a bookkeeper at the New England National Bank, 61 State Street. This house remained in the Swan family until at least the 1930s.

Owners from maps and atlases

1850  Swan

1858  Swan

1874  Chas. F. Swan

1884  Chas. F. Swan 

1889  Chas. F. & Mary L. Swan

1894  Chas. F. Swan et al.

1898  Charles F. Swan et al.

1904  Chas. F. Swan et al.

1910  Chas. F. Swan et al.

1918  M. L. F. & C. F. Swan

1933  M. L. F. & C. F. Swan  20,705 sf


Nov. 2, 1849 from Joshua Pierce to Charles Francis Swan 190.193

consideration $579.17

Dorchester. Taxable Valuation. 1850

Charles F. Swan

house unfinished $700

1/2 acre of land $400


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