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From Gilded Age to Our Age: Cambridge Manse's Identity Crisis


This 6-BR, 3-BA with six fireplaces at 34 Bates Street is a beaut, don't get us wrong.

The house near Harvard, however, judging by the listing photos, bears little resemblance to the Gilded Age in which it was conceived and designed a 108 years ago. Moreover, its architect was Richard Clipston Sturgis, he of a wing of the State House as well as campus buildings at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology and Perkins School for the Blind. Outside you get a sense of Sturgis' hand in things; inside, the house has been updated to within an inch of the 21st century, with little jumping out that screams "Gilded Age." More like "Condo Age"—understandable, we suppose, especially if it's asking $1,890,000, which it is.
· Listing: 34 Bates Street [Zillow]
· Our Million Dollar Babies archive [Curbed Boston]

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