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Exploring New England Architecture

Learn about the houses below.

thumbnail photo of southern ell of Wells Thorn house.

Post Medieval English/Early Colonial Style - Northern Version
Wells-Thorn House - Southern Ell

Built 1747

This part of the building is Post Medieval English Style, a type of early American architecture tied to modest contemporary English cottages.


thumbnail photo of main block of Wells Thorn house.

American Georgian
Wells-Thorn House - Main Building

Built 1747

This building is Georgian Style, a type of early American architecture influenced by the classical orders of ancient Greece and Rome, the designs of Italian architect Andrea Palladio, and English architects like Inigo Jones and Sir Christopher Wren.


thumbnail photo of Coleman-Hollister house.

Federal Style
Coleman-Hollister House

Built between 1796 and 1797

The Coleman-Hollister House, named for the first and last families to use it as a home, was built by emerging architect Asher Benjamin. This grand home is an example of how Federal Style architecture looked in Western Massachusetts.

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