Thursday, June 28, 2012

Residence of Philip Sears, ESQ., Brookline, Mass.

FRONT VIEW - RESIDENCE OF PHILIP SEARS, ESQ., BROOKLINE, MASS. Bigelow & Wadsworih, Architects.

FIRST FLOOR PLANS - RESIDENCE OF PHILIP SEARS, ESQ., BROOKLINE, MASS. Bigelow & Wadsworih, Architects.

SECOND FLOOR PLANS - RESIDENCE OF PHILIP SEARS, ESQ., BROOKLINE, MASS. Bigelow & Wadsworih, Architects.
DETAIL OF ENTRANCE - RESIDENCE OF PHILIP SEARS, ESQ., BROOKLINE, MASS. Bigelow & Wadsworih, Architects.

HALL TOWARDS STAIRS - RESIDENCE OF PHILIP SEARS, ESQ., BROOKLINE, MASS. Bigelow & Wadsworih, Architects.

HALL TOWARDS DINING ROOM - RESIDENCE OF PHILIP SEARS, ESQ., BROOKLINE, MASS. Bigelow & Wadsworih, Architects.

DINING ROOM  - RESIDENCE OF PHILIP SEARS, ESQ., BROOKLINE, MASS. Bigelow & Wadsworih, Architects.

DEN - RESIDENCE OF PHILIP SEARS, ESQ., BROOKLINE, MASS. Bigelow & Wadsworih, Architects.
LIBRARY - RESIDENCE OF PHILIP SEARS, ESQ., BROOKLINE, MASS. Bigelow & Wadsworih, Architects.
 Unfortunately I haven't found any information on who Mr. Sears was or if this property is still extant.

7 comments:

  1. HPHS, while the Sears name is obviously a more common one I wonder if Mr. Sears wasn't somehow connected to horsewoman, Eleonora R. Sears (1881-1968) - see link below.

    http://www.hickoksports.com/biograph/searseleanora.shtml

    She came from the elite ranks of Boston and moved for a time to Middleburg, Virginia where she owned the lovely Hickory Tree Farm (today) which had been known as Burrland. She owned it from 1949 to 1966. In the early 1920's the beautiful Georgian stable complex was designed by William Lawrence Bottomley.

    Ms. Sears in a spat with local officials over taxes had the manor house razed in 1961. The next owner of the property was Mr & Mrs. James P. Mills (nee DuPont), Sr. until 2006.

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    1. I believe that this Philip Sears is Philip S. Sears,an uncle of famed sportswoman Eleonora "Eleo" Sears of Boston and Prides Crossing. He had a twin brother, Herbert. Both were intercollegiate tennis champions. More on Eleo Sears in my book, "Prides Crossing: The Unbridled Life and Impatient Times of Eleonora Sears", also see the Huffington Post and Daily Beast.

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    2. Peggy, thanks for the correction. I haven't read your book although I've read some old news articles on Ms. Sears in addition to several citations with her other books and on-line references. While in Middleburg, VA she was among a clutch of exceedingly wealthy equestriennes equally strong willed, accomplished, and well bred. From Isabel Dodge Sloan (Brookmeade) and Liz Whitney Tippet (Llangollen) to Mary Harriman Rumsey (Grasslands) it was an era and location where an astride riding Eleo could be more herself.

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  2. Peggy do you know anything about the house? It stood at 260 Heath Street(demolished) with possible outbuilding at 242-244 Heath Street still standing. From his obit it list his parents as Frederick R. and Albertina(Sheldon) Sears. If those names match what you have then... Harvard tennis star wining the singles intercollegiate in 1887 and 1888 and doubles in 1988 with QA Shaw. He became a lawyer, then at age 52 changed gears and became a noted sculptor. No mention of a twin - wife Mary Higginson, son Mason, son David who died in 1929.

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  3. Hello
    I believe the house you are looking for is in Beverly Ma on the corner of Branch and Common Lane where it still stands

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    1. That house was the family summer home - http://halfpuddinghalfsauce.blogspot.com/2012/06/pines.html

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