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Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
This marvelous, history-rich Colonial Revival in Cambridge was designed by Arthur Little in 1888 for philanthropist Sarah Chapman Bull, and is located on a street that was known as Tory Row before the Revolutionary War. Dubbed the Joseph Thorp House after Chapman’s father, the eclectic manse—at 8,372 square feet—has now been put up for sale by Swanee Hunt, the former United States ambassador to Austria, daughter of oil tycoon H.L. Hunt, and the founding director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School. She and her late husband, the conductor Charles Ansbacher, bought the home for $2.8 million in 1997 and spent several years (and millions of dollars) restoring it.
The picture-perfect, 10-bedroom residence, now asking $10.5 million, incorporates a mix of styles and movements, including Queen Anne, Neo-Classical, and Greco-Roman with its columns, pilasters, bays, balconies with delicate balustrades, scrolled corbels, and keystone arches. One of the standout rooms is the carved teak salon designed by Lockwood de Forest, a key figure in the American Aesthetic Movement. The library features 19th century Norwegian design and a traditional pheasant hearth, while the French country kitchen includes the original Walker and Pratt cast-iron stove.
Other exquisite details abound, such as the Palladian bay window with leaded glass in the dining room, 10 fireplaces, and a "Poet’s Corner" with bas relief walls. The property, which sits on .47 acres, has hosted—according to the listing agent Susan Condrick of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty—hundreds of prominent guests during the course of its storied life, including Jane Addams, Gertrude Stein, Hillary Clinton, and Elizabeth Warren. Take a look below, then head on over to the Wall Street Journal to read more about the home.