Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Greek Revivals in the Neighborhood

Here are some wonderful examples of Greek Revival homes right my own neighborhood. Many of them are quite large but others such as the blue one in the middle are cottages just like mine. As small as they are, the "cottages" were sometimes two-family homes occupied by new immigrants that worked in local factories.

This home below was the home of Charles Valentine who owned and operated a large soap factory in Cambridgeport. He built many of the cottages in which his workers lived. Some of the "soapworkers cottages" are now on National Register of Historic Landmarks. This home won a preservation award when it was restored several years ago.

I particularly love the ones that have the floor to ceiling windows on the first floor.


  1. Hi!!!! My heart swoons over the one with the black shutters. And those tall floor to ceiling windows are gorgeous. Did you get the latest issue of "Renovation Style" magazine? There's a kitchen in there that you have to see! The whole house is beautiful but the kitchen is just a work of art. It's featured on page 101. Look forward to your next post! ; ) Trina

  2. The one with the black shutters *is* real gem! I also find it interesting that the body of the house and the trim are painted exactly the same color. I wouldn't have ever considered that.

  3. Love the story that are behind the first house! and think its beautiful! but I also love cottages too like the blue one.