New England Chapter/Society of Architectural Historians


Newton Highlands, MA

Saturday, April 16 at 2PM

Meet at the corner of Forest Street and Chester Street, Newton Highlands, MA

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Please join us on Saturday, April 16th for a tour led by architectural designer Laura Fitzmaurice of houses designed by Annie M. Cobb (1830-1911). Cobb was a real estate speculator who made the crucial transition from building homes from carpenter books to designing houses herself and thus becoming, it can be argued, America’s first woman architect of the pre-professional period. After learning the building trade in South Boston in the 1850’s, Cobb began purchasing land in the emerging railroad suburb of Newton Highlands in 1872 where she eventually constructed 16 houses and 2 additions. In 1893, at the height of her career, Annie Cobb was only one of five women architects to exhibit in the Woman’s Building at the Chicago’s World’s Fair.  This tour will focus primarily on her larger houses which encompass the Stick, Queen Anne and the Shingle styles.