Traffic-Stopper
Vineyard Gazette
A traffic-stopper in Edgartown this week has been the corner of Davis Lane and School street where the stately house which was once Davis Academy and is now the summer home of the G. Holmes Perkins family, of Cambridge and Philadelphia, has been emerging in a pale blue manifestation, with white trim.
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To Buy Knowlton House
Vineyard Gazette
An agreement for the sale of the Knowlton house on Davis Lane at School street, Edgartown, to Mr. and Mrs. G. Holmes Perkins of Cambridge by William Roberts of Edgartown, has been made. Mr. Roberts acquired the house, built by David Davis in 1838, in the summer of 1943, from the estate of the late Miss Cora B. Knowlton. Avery & Company are in charge of the transaction.
 
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The Grand Old Lady of Ocean Avenue
Chris Burrell
It’s been called the flagship of Ocean avenue. When it was originally built in 1891, it belonged to Philip Corbin, a manufacturer of household hardware and locks from New Britain. Conn., who got his start as a locksmith apprentice and grew his business until it employed 15,000 people.
 
His house was a Queen Anne man­sion, three stories tall and with eight bedrooms. It was a sign of the changes taking place, the transformation of a re­ligious retreat called Cottage City into a full-fledged resort called Oak Bluffs.
 
Not surprisingly. Mr.
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Edgartown Pursues Plan to Rescue Yellow House on Main Street
Sara Brown

Edgartown voters may be asked to decide this spring to spend $3 million to buy the so-called Yellow House, a run-down property on Main street owned by the Hall family.

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Mattakeset Lodge
The Vineyard Gazette

I have returned, myself and one or two more of us, as well as a number of others who are not “of us.” The first thing of course, on arriving, was to secure a good room, and I rather plume myself on having gotten one of the best in the hotel, of which, by the way, I will attempt a brief description. The building is situated on the bluff at the head of the landing, and is about 125 feet front in the whole.

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Debate Heats Up Over Edgartown Historic District Expansion
Alex Elvin

Picking up on efforts that began more than 40 years ago, Edgartown voters will decide next week whether to more than double the size of their historic district, which includes about 250 homes in the heart of the village.

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On the Front Porch of History: Old Houses Are Growing Center of Attention
Alex Elvin

Around the Island, where some towns showcase three centuries of architectural history, historic preservation is a topic for discussion and debate.

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On the Cliffs in Aquinnah, History Is Alive at the Vanderhoop Homestead
Mary Jane Carpenter
Aquinnah is not the place to go looking for interesting houses without trespassing. Interesting stories, yes, but the houses visible from the road are few and far between. The exception of course is the Vanderhoop homestead.
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Listening to the Heartbeat of an Old Chilmark House
Mary Jane Carpenter

One of the more interesting houses up-Island is 231 State Road in Chilmark. It is an unusual house for Chilmark: a Queen Anne style Victorian, painted yellow, with a turret.

I don’t know of any other such houses in Chilmark, whose charm lies in its serene and lovely rolling hills, hidden houses and beaches. It is a very common type of house elsewhere in the United States, the reflection of the prosperity of the late 19th century. Prosperity that had passed Chilmark by and which it was not to achieve until well past the midpoint of the 20th century.

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Old Mansion on the Move: Renovations Begin on Warren House
Olivia Hull

A late 18th-century home has been on the move in Edgartown. The historic Warren House, which usually fronts North Water street beside the Edgartown library, has been temporarily relocated as part of a major restoration effort.

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