Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1983 23 Park Street

Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1983    


23 Park Street in the 19th century and in 2004.

Notes from Boston Landmarks Commission area form for Mill Street/Clam Point.

23 Park Street is of interest as a documented Luther Briggs, Jr. designed villa as well as the residence of leading Harrison Square families for several generations. Built for Charles E. Jenkins, a partner in Bailey and Jenkins, suppliers of doors and blinds, later owners included Theoren V. Shaw (1860s), dentist Luther Shepard (1880s), liquor dealer James W. Calnan (1890s), and John J. Murphy, treasurer of Roxbury’ s Star Manufacturing and Producing Company (late 1890s-early 1930s). By 1950, Ilena and Antonio Gobbi, “ship fitter,” are listed at this address.   The house is characterized by T-shaped form and rusticated walls, with porches at the front and sides. Its porches feature chamfered and bracketed posts. Rising to a height of 2.5 stories this handsome house is enclosed by a bracketed, bell cast mansard roof with square cupola. Luther Briggs designed the house For Charles Jenkins.

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