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Niles Gardner House
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 Gardner House

This house was built prior to the Revolution and was located on Pleasant Street at the corner of Savin Hill Avenue. In the early part of the 19th century this house was owned by Ebenezer Niles, a member of the firm of Newell & Niles, merchants on Central Wharf. The house later came into the possession of the Gardner family. It was demolished in 1890.

The building was known for its eccentricity of construction. Its appearance wat that of the upper part of an excursion steamer, being long and rounded at either end. These round ends were added to the house by Governor Gardner's father. The eaves were surmounted with a low balustrade, and a piazza encircled the entire building.

Orcutt says that Governor Henry Gardner, Dr. Gardner's son, lived here. Others indicate that Governor Gardner lived on Hancock Street opposite Trull Street. The Governor seems to have lived here on Pleasant Street until he built his own house on Hancock.


Howells, John Mead. Lost Examples of Colonial Architecture. New York: Dover, 1963.

Orcutt, William Dana. Good Old Dorchester: A Narrative History of the Town, 1630-1893. Cambridge: The University Press, 1908, c1891.

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Created: December 15, 2003   Modified: December 15, 2003