Another resident, Rhea Becker, was passing by one day this summer and noticed an ominous gathering of birds.
Head to Becker’s excellently-named blog, “Rhea Becker’s Short Attention Span,” for how eerily this shot compares with stills from “The Birds.”
But really folks, it’s just a nice old Mansard
This is known as the Alexander V. Phillips House and dates to 1873. It’s another fine example of the French Second Empire. It’s got the three-part plan on the façade, the mansard roof (with cupola) and lovely decorative details. It also had a large setback and long drive. Note the fantastic Roxbury Puddingstone retaining wall. Roxbury Puddingstone is the local stone, blocks from this wall may have been quarried onsite – to create the house’s foundation. It is a conglomerate stone which was said to resemble an old-fashioned pudding (the small pebbles imbedded are like the dried fruit).
Gretchen Grozier of the Historical Society says that even in recent years, the house has looked different. It’s been yellow and then purple, for instance, and much less scary.
The owners are also nice folks who are lifetime members of the Historical Society. Surely they wouldn’t be among those working to speed the return of Dread Cthulhu?