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Harvard Square Shingle on storied Irving Street drops for $4.8 million

The house that William Ralph Emerson designed at No. 110 includes six bedrooms

An airy entry foyer with a staircase with a landing.
The house dates from 1889, and is in walking distance to Harvard University.
Photos via Coldwell Banker

Irving Street in Cambridge’s Harvard Square area is one of the more storied streets in the Boston region. Its former residents have included psychologist William James (brother of novelist Henry), chef extraordinaire Julia Child, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., and poet e.e. cummings. And its houses are the sorts that pioneering architects designed.

Like 110 Irving. William Ralph Emerson, the progenitor of the Shingle style (and a cousin of poet Ralph Waldo), designed the house, which went up in 1889 and is on sale now for a typically robust Cambridge asking of $4.8 million through Coldwell Banker.

The 5,031-square-foot spread has the potential for six bedrooms, and there are four and a half bathrooms. There are also vestiges of 110 Irving’s Victorian roots, including in its staircase and its five fireplaces. Take a look.

A sitting room with at least two chairs and a large set of built-in shelves filled with books.
There are plenty of built-in shelves throughout.
A dining room with a large table with chairs and a fireplace.
The house has five fireplaces—and there’s central air.
A large living room with two couches facing each other and perpendicular to a fireplace.
There’s a sizable yard beyond sizable rooms such as this one.
A large kitchen with a large square island and two ovens side by side.
The kitchen includes two ovens.
The top of a staircase, leading to a hallway with rooms off it.
The house has four levels, including an unfinished basement.
A bedroom with a fireplace and a bed next to some shelves.
Some of the bedrooms have their own fireplaces.