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2020 Commercial 103

(2012)

This 1,600-square-foot house, constructed in 1989 on what was once Flyer’s Beach, 103 Commercial Street, presents two starkly different facades to the street and the beach. The front of the building is composed of two gabled pavilions joined by a short, recessed connector. The two appear nearly symmetrical at first, though the north pavilion is discernibly wider on closer inspection. From the beach, the north pavilion presents an extraordinary Modernist bow, two stories high, with walls of sheer glass framed by copper (?) spandrel panels. It’s so transparent that sunlight streams through to reach the street in the early morning. By contrast, the south pavilion has six traditional sash windows, in a configuration of 6-over-9 lights. John B. Morway, who acquired the property in 1986, also owns the William Dean Howells house in Cambridge.

¶ Last updated on 6 September 2018.

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