11 Franklin Street

11 Franklin Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

11 Franklin Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

The house was built around 1820, the current owners believe, based in part on the integration of the upper window frames into the roof cornice, an exterior expression of very low ceilings. It was in the Silva family for at least 90 years until it was purchased in 1996 by the painter Michael Walden and his partner, Stephen Fletcher, chief auctioneer at Skinner and an appraiser on Antiques Roadshow. They also own the abutting lot, which makes for an abundant side yard around this exquisitely restored eggnog-yellow gem. “When we restored the house, we found plenty of evidence that the house had been a three-quarter Cape all along,” Walden told me. Comparing their home to 72B Commercial, a well preserved three-quarter Cape, the couple “found that it had the exact proportions and set-up of the interior of our house. Not a real easy way to live in our contemporary society, but interesting to discover.”

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