Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Boulder Farm

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Institution Name: Mount Ida College
Original/Historic Place Name: Miss Peabody's Tea House
Location on Campus: 777 Dedham St.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1700soriginal construction Unknown
1964relocation to Mount Ida Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: poured concrete foundation (1964)
Walls: wooden Shaker
Roof: wooden Shaker

Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The house is an 18th century structure moved from Dedham St. to campus in 1964. It is believed to be the second oldest house in Newton and features a hiding place behind the fireplace in case of attacks by Native Americans.

Boulder Farm House presents on our campus a completely different and important historical, cultural, and architectural statement from the other buildings included in this survey. The house is the quintessence of a New England colonial farmhouse in its simple and subtle design and solid construction, and is complete with large interior fireplaces, wide-board wood floors, low timbered ceilings, narrow stairwells, and wrought iron door hardware. While it was moved to the campus and therefore is an addition to the original estate land, the building is historically significant in its own right. It is, moreover, an important juxtaposition to the cultural and historical values expressed in the Estate buildings.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Glessner, Richard H. and Sandra J. Glessner. Mount Ida at 100--Tradition Enhanced by Innovation. Chelmsford, MA: Northeast Offset, 2000.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Facilities Management Office

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