Josiah Quincy House

20 Muirhead St., Quincy, Massachusetts


Colonel Josiah Quincy House

1. Historic American Buildings Survey Arthur C. Haskell, Photographer August, 1934 (a) Exterior-View from southeast

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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The 1770 Quincy House is an outstanding example of New England Georgian architecture. The clapboarded frame house with quoined pilasters is noted for its delicate classical entrance portico and its monitor roof. Concealed behind a Chinese Chippendale balustrade, the monitor is the oldest known surviving example of this roof form in the country, and is likely the seminal example from which others were modeled. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, September 25, 1997

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 25, 1997
Reference number
NR name
Quincy, Josiah, House
Architectural styles
Colonial; Georgian
Areas of significance
Architecture; Politics/Government
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Periods of significance
1750-1799; 1800-1824; 1825-1849; 1850-1874; 1875-1899
Significant years
1770; 1808; 1850
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1