Adams Academy

8 Adams St., Quincy, Massachusetts


Street View 


This rough granite building trimmed in brick is a superb example of the work of architectural partners William Robert Ware and Henry Van Brunt. Designed in 1869 in High Gothic style, it is the first American building based on principles established by French architect Violet-le-Duc, whereby polychromed elevations are carefully arranged to reflect rational structural principles. Former president John Adams conceived the idea of the academy, gave the site, and provided the funds with which it was eventually built. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, April 19, 1994

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 6, 1974
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Late Gothic Revival; Victorian: Gothic; Other architectural type; High Victorian Gothic
Area of significance
Levels of significance
National; State
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
School; Library
Current functions
Library; Museum
Period of significance
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing structures: 4
Non-contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • February 15, 2015: New Street View added by Michael Miller