Built in 1889, the Brande House was originally owned by merchant Fred Sperry, who sold furniture, carpets and rugs in Boston. Sperry lived at this house in Reading, Mass., until 1911.
The house was built by Dr. Mahlon Brande, a local real estate investor. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
“This house is one of Reading’s more complex houses,” says the NRHP nomination form. “It is mostly Queen Anne in style, but shows the influence of the newer shingle style with its flowing massing and smooth skin. This house has a considerable sophistication, seen in the play of the wall plane. This is pierced by three oculi in one gable; it makes room for the tall ornamented chimney between two gables, and steps back for a deep porch.”
It is now a two-family home with five bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms. It is assessed at nearly $800,000.