Historic Homes of Longmeadow
734 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA- Historic Homes of Longmeadow
734 Longmeadow Street (#31 The Brewer-Young House -1884)

This magnificent home was built in 1884 by Henry R. Wolcott and Colorado Senator Edward O. Wolcott for their father, Rev. Samuel Wolcott.  In 1889 it was sold to Edward Spaulding Brewer, who was a prominent  Springfield area businessman, three-term chairman of the Longmeadow Board of Selectmen and two-term Massachusetts state legislator.  In 1922 Mr. Brewer sold the home to Mrs. Wilbur F. Young, wife of the inventor of the horse (and later human) liniment Absorbine, Jr.

The house was built in Colonial Revival style, with gambrel roof, Palladian window, and wooden quoins. At one point in its history the exterior was covered with brown shingles. Inside it has massive rooms, including two formal dining rooms. The rear wing includes a billiard room on the third floor. During the Depression iron grids were added to the windows to armor the house. A fortune was then stored in the house as so many financial institutions had experienced ruin following the Crash in 1929.  The carriage house behind is now a private residence.  It was extensively renovated several years ago and became the home, for a time, of popular author Anita Shreve.

[Photo contributed by Rachel Port]
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