This historical society (DRHS) in my hometown of Duxbury, Massachusetts posted this great old photo of “Halls Tavern” from 1908. This original Federal style house was built somewhere between 1790 and 1810 (1810 per DRHS and 1790 per Wikipedia referencing the National Registry of Historic places). The house was moved to Cambridge at 20 Gray Gardens West in 1930 and in 1983 it was listed on the Registry of Historic Places. Interestingly, the City of Cambridge’s real estate records list the house as having been build in 1700, but it’s not the right style for that. Unfortunately, what stands in its spot today is a gas station. The town, which is quite beautiful, is known for being very hostile to business development and maintaining it’s original rural splendor. This section of town – Hall’s Corner – still revolves around a flagpole as seen above in the 1908 pic above. Five roads lead to this traffic circle and we’re still required to “keep to the right”. You can always tell an out of towner when they go the wrong way and chaos ensues. The smaller house to the right of the original Halls Tavern was a school and is now known as the Girl Scout House.
Here’s the house today. According to the records, it’s been in the same hands since 1966 so there are no interior shots that I can find. Can you imaging watching this house being dismantled and trucked 40 miles up to Cambridge? An amazing feat and a testimony to good original workmanship!
Am battling my first cold of the season right now. Yuck – though I do enjoy my medicinal hot toddies in the evening! My recipe: tea, lemon and a liberal dose of honey and whiskey.
I’ve also been busy working on my upcoming Art & Design lecture. Here’s a sneak peak of one of my design schemes around artist Rick Fleury’s painting “Perception”
It’s going to be a fun evening with great refreshments provided by Snow & Jones and we’re giving away design consultations, Rick’s art prints and a fabulous Kohler shower head!
For more information and to register to attend, click here.