Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Hawes Street

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Institution Name: Wheelock College
Original/Historic Place Name: George H. Wightman House
Location on Campus: 43 Hawes St., Brookline, MA 02446
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1902original construction Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge
1962remodeled Unknown
2003restoration; renovation Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: concrete
Walls: steel (structural); brick (exterior); limestone (exterior); lath and plaster (interior); terra cotta tiles (interior, facing)
Roof: single-ply membrane
1902-1930private residence (George H. Wightman, Esq.)
1930-present (2007)other (event space)
1930-present (2007)faculty offices
1930-present (2007)classrooms
1930-present (2007)administration

Landmark designation:
National RegisterLongwood Historic District (1978)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Hawes Street was designed in 1902 as the primary residence for George H. Wightman, Esq. by the architectural firm of Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge. This firm has a notable history in American architecture. The house is located in a National Historic District and a local historic district in Brookline.

Gordon College first acquired the building in the 1930s. Hebrew College in 1950 then took possession. Wheelock College purchased the property in 1999. Historic restoration and renovations occurred in 2002 through 2003. The building currently houses graduate student classrooms, event space, and college offices.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Longwood Historic District [Wheelock College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U. S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1978.

II. Location of other data:

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