Architectural Plans: 128 Commonwealth – Remodeling (1909)

In April of 1909, architects James T. Kelley and Harold S. Graves prepared plans for remodeling 128 Commonwealth for Isabella (Bacon) Bond, the widow of Charles H. Bond.

The plans included rebuilding the front façade in a Beaux Arts design, eliminating the  bay to the east of the entrance and lowering the entrance to street level.  Significant interior remodeling to adjust the floor levels and modify the room arrangements also occurred.

The plans also show the addition of a one story ell on the east side at the rear, running to the alley.  The drawing of the rear elevation include a notation that “no work on this rear is included in this contract of April 20, 1909,” and based on subsequent Bromley maps it appears that the ell was not built.  Similarly, each of the floor plans includes a line indicating that about one-third of the area in the rear of the house was not included in the April 1909 contract.

These scans of the plans are provided courtesy of the Boston Public Library Arts Department.  The originals of the blueprints are located in the Arts Department’s City of Boston Blueprints Collection (reference BIN A-75).

128 Commonwealth, front and rear elevations (1909)

128 Commonwealth, first and second floors (1909)

128 Commonwealth, third and fourth floors (1909)

128 Commonwealth, basement and foundation plans (1909)

128 Commonwealth, piling plan (1909)