Address: 92 High Street, Brookline
Date Built: 1882
Architect: William Ralph Emerson
Carriage barn built 1893, W.R. Emerson architect.
This house is the most important surviving example in Brookline by the architect William Ralph Emerson. Emerson was a major Boston architect in the late nineteenth century and the foremost designer of the Shingle Style. The house was built for Thatcher Loring, who worked as the treasurer of the National Dock & Warehouse Company in Boston. Loring’s house was designed when Emerson was at the peak of a career that specialized in Shingle Style houses, particularly large summer cottages. As a suburban house rather than the summer home, the Thatcher House has a first story of brick and a relatively formal façade facing the street. The main entrance is deeply recessed beneath a gracefully bowed wall created by the wood shingles above. The organic quality in the architect’s shingle treatment can also be seen in the third story oriel window above, and in the pierced diaper effect at the southwest corner of the house.
As was characteristic of Emerson, the façade facing the side yard presents a long, rambling elevation with multiple dormers, varied window treatment and the use of wood shingles to create subtle and entirely original decorative effects. In this regard the entire rear wing, including the first floor, is shingles. A perspective drawing of the house, published in 1888, shows the importance of the long south façade in the architectural composition of the exterior. This view shows a covered porch, which was apparently replaced by the deck in 1972.
Source: Brookline Planning Department
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