Commission Wrestles With Historic House Dilemma
Noah Asimow
As Stop & Shop mulls redevelopment plans for a new Vineyard Haven store, it wants to demolish the Caleb Prouty House.
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Demolition of Historic House Comes Under Scrutiny
Holly Pretsky

The demolition of a house believed to be one of the oldest homes in Vineyard Haven has stirred shock and confusion.

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Through the Years of the Vineyard Trust

The history of the Vineyard Trust comes to life this week on the Time Machine, the Gazette’s online display of Vineyard history.

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Dana Place Sold
Vineyard Gazette
The Lester H. Dana place, with its beautiful contemporary house on the summit of Manter’s Hill, off Tea Lane, and fifty-five acres of land, has been sold by Mrs. Dana to Mrs. Julia Green Sturges of New York.
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New Dwelling to Top Manter’s Hill, One of the Historic Properties of the Vineyard
Joseph Chase Allen
Manter’s Hill, a Chilmark landmark since the beginning of the Manor, will be crowned with a year-round dwelling of imposing size at some time in the near future. The house is to be built for Lester Dana of Boston, who is in the process of purchasing fifty-five acres of the old Manter Place from Philip Siff, and the building will be done by the William G. Manter Co. of Vineyard Haven. William F. Swift, Vineyard Haven engineer and surveyor, will be in charge of the whole operation.
 
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Hospital Presented with a Georgian Mansion
Vineyard Gazette
One of the most beautiful and perhaps the most imposing of the Vineyard’s old houses is to be presented by its present owners, Mr. and Mrs. Martin B. Faris of East Chop and New York, to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, whose trustees voted last week to accept this handsome gift.
 
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Historic Davis Lane House Began Life as a Private School
Mary Jane Carpenter
The Reston family recently ended almost 50 years of ownership of the iconic house at the corner of Davis Lane and School street in Edgartown.
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Edgartown Mansion Will Be Preserved
Vineyard Gazette
An agreement to sell Edgartown’s handsome Dr. Daniel Fisher house on Main street, built in 1840 for that great whaling era figure, has been reached between Island Properties, who president is Dr. Alvin M. Strock, its owner for the past seven years, and a newly formed nonprofit corporation, the Daniel Fisher Corporation.
 
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House Bears Name of Desire Osborn
Vineyard Gazette
The old house on Main street, Edgartown, which has been referred to as the Edson house, has received an official and appropriate christening. It is now the Desire Osborn House, called after James Coffin’s youngest child, Desire Allen Coffin, who married John Osborn in 1813, and for whom the house was moved to its present site from the neighborhood of Mill Hill.
 
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History of a Home Lies in Family Ties and Talent
Mary Jane Carpenter
As readers may have noticed, I am often attracted to unusual houses. The house at 32 Planting Field Way in Edgartown is certainly unusual for the Vineyard.
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