64 Walker St., Judge William Walker House, 1804

64 Walker St., William Walker House - c. 1804
64 Walker St., William Walker House – c. 1804
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Judge William Walker – Copied from Berkshire County Courthouse

From Form B’s Completed by Lenox Historical Commission 2012-2013

ARCHITECTURAL DESCRIPTION:

This Federal style building has two stories, a slate roof and is intact. There are 5-bay, and a hipped roof w/dormers. There are 3 large brick end wall chimneys on main house–2 on the left, 1 on the right. The siding is wide wood clapboard with small corner boards and dentils. There is a front gabled entrance porch with 4 Doric columns, pilasters, and barrel-vaulted ceiling. The front door is intact and the full rear porch is intact. There is a recessed left side ell, 2 bays wide, with a hipped roof, and 6 over 6 windows with authentic window blinds. The foundation is stone and the basement is exposed on rear elevation. LANDSCAPE has a wood picket fence.

HISTORICAL NARRATIVE

This house was built for Judge William Walker, a judge in the Berkshire County Courts. The house later passed on to the Rockwell family, which also included a County Judge, Julius Rockwell. The Rockwell family retained ownership until 1906 when the property was acquired by the Curtis family, who also owned the Curtis Hotel. The Curtis’s added a wing and used the house as one of their cottages.

In the 1960’s, the house was given to Bordentown Lenox School by Clinton O. Jones, Mr. Curtis’s son-in-law. It was used as a dormitory until 1973 when it was sold for use as a private residence.    In 1980 it was purchased by Margaret and Richard Houdek who converted the house into a B & B called Walker House.

BIBLIOGRAPHY and/or REFERENCES

Registry of Deeds

Lenox, Massachusetts, Shire Town. David Wood, 1969

Lenox and the Berkshire Highlands. R. DeWitt Mallary, 1902

Town of Lenox Assessor’s Data Base

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2 thoughts on “64 Walker St., Judge William Walker House, 1804”

  1. Hello & Good Day.

    I noticed the Walker Rockwell house at 64 Walker street in Lenox, M.A. As of recently, bulldozers are seen on the site as well a dumpster. Building is in very poor condition. I’m writing asking if the building will be demolished? If so, I have a historic home that is in need of bricks, porch columns porch fronts. I would be appreciative of anything if that is possible. Thank you.

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