Dewey Place

Built around 1853, shoe manufacturer John Mansfield was the first owner of this house in the historic Summer Avenue district of Reading, Mass.

But the house’s most prominent owner and its namesake is Francis O. Dewey, who was a lucrative glass lantern dealer. Dewey commuted to his job in Boston via the Boston & Maine Railroad, and his glass globes were also sold abroad.

This area of Summer Avenue was home to Reading’s richest businessmen.

According to a recent real estate listing, the five bedrooms, three bathroom home has 3,504 square feet, tall ceilings, three enclosed three-season porches and two fireplaces. An attached barn also has three levels of storage.

It sold in 2019 for $865,900.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

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