Henry Ives Cobb is known for designing some of Chicago’s most famous properties, like Newberry Library and several buildings at the University of Chicago, but the Brookline native also left his mark in his hometown with a series of row houses in the popular Pill Hill neighborhood, which earned the moniker due to its high population of doctors in the 1800s. Last week, one of those Queen Anne-style row houses hit the market for the first time in 50 years.
Listed at $2,495,000, the property at 242 Walnut St. is known in historical records as the Edward C. Horey House, but it’s commonly referred to as the Puddingstone Rows. Cobb, who attended MIT and Harvard, designed the two sets of puddingstone row houses for his father, prominent merchant Albert Cobb, in 1886, and they were completed in 1887. The Cobb family lived in the Gothic-style farmhouse that originally sat on the land, but was later moved backward and turned around on Oakland Road.
“His father called him in and said ‘design these buildings I want to build,’” said Susan Rothstein, who represents the listing with Jen Rothstein of Hammond Residential Real Estate. “These guys were really into developing and flipping around the later end of the century and beginning of the 1900s. This was a big boom time.”
The 3,025-square-foot home, which has six bedrooms and four bathrooms (two full, two half), is the end unit in five connected row houses. Filled with natural woods and large recessed windows, the home has a charming first floor that includes a bright living room with a fireplace and built-in bookshelves, a galley kitchen and dining area, and a cozy den. The second and third floors feature all of the bedrooms, while the lower level functions as an office or recreation space. It leads out to the porch and brick patio, which sits under a canopy of trees, as well as the sprawling lawn, which is a rarity for a town house.
“The unique thing is that it’s the end unit, so it has the three exposures,” Susan Rothstein told Boston.com. “It’s quite unique for a town house to have a big piece of land.”
Despite updates throughout the years, the home’s layout hasn’t changed much, and original features remain, including the tiling on the five fireplaces, the deeply set windows, and the built-in shutters.
While more than a century has passed, Cobb’s legacy lives on through the historic home. According to the Brookline Preservation Commission, a set of the original working drawings for the east row of the Puddingstone Rows was found in one of its attics.
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