Homeowners Comments

The Green-Peirce-Brown House, stands in what was once the southern part of a 750-acre grant of land to the Flint family from the town of Concord. In 1754 the property changed from being on the eastern outskirts of Concord to become part of the new town of Lincoln.

The Green-Peirce-Brown House is typical of many Lincoln and other New England eighteenth century houses that began as one-over-one but were enlarged during the eighteenth century to two-over-two, later being expanded into extended Colonial homes. The west rooms retain such First Period details as wide-board vertical paneling that extend from the beam casting to the floor and likely date to 1720-31.

The east rooms are distinguished by their Georgian paneling.

The kitchen retains a 1950s character. The most recent addition to the property, the construction of the side entrance and garage, was undertaken by the Carley family and designed by Henry B. Hoover.

Homeowners Comments

Built in 1895 by RD Donaldson, then of Somerville (he moved to Lincoln shortly after), the first of many houses he built in town. It was built for William Peirce, who grew up across the street in the

Nathan Brown House.

We purchased the house from the estate of Isabel Peirce, William’s daughter, who was born in the house and died here (lawyer representing her estate was RD Donaldson’s grandson David, long-time town moderator). Practicalities such as quality of school system, location of jobs and price were important, but we were looking for a house with character and integrity, that would not require us to tear out a recent renovation we didn’t like. We lived in a Queen Anne house in Dorchester, and I grew up in one in Cambridge, and we’re fond of the asymmetry and whimsicality of the style.

It’s taken a great deal of time, effort, patience, and compromise to revive the house, but it’s been a lovely, fulfilling adventure.