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30 Warren St.
The following summary springs from the inscription attending the photograph and is fairly speculative. This unique image appears to show an updated version of the well-known “Gridley-Hulton” house of which there are a number of available photographs of an earlier version. The timeline is:
  • The house, at 30 Warren St. on the northeast corner with Walnut St. was originally built in 1740. It is known by some of the names of its owners over the years, Jeremy Gridley, Thomas Sumner, and the notorious Tory, Henry Hulton.
  • 1877: the house is acquired by Moses Williams. It has to be assumed that the major alterations to the upper story of the sides of the house that appear in this photo were made by him.
  • It is a possibility that, seated on the porch, are son, Hugh or Moses, Moses Williams, and wife, the former Martha C. Fininley.
  • Circa 1886. Moses Williams builds the house that still stands at 30 Warren St. and demolishes this existing house.

Courtesy, the Brookline Preservation Department