Michael O. Bourne
1500, Hambrooks Boulevard, Cambridge, Dorchester County
Glasgow is a Federal style, gable-front, 2 1/2-story brick house built in the early 19th century with a 1 1/2-story frame wing dating from the early 20th century. The original house is 3 bays wide by 2 deep with the principal entrance in the westernmost bay of the southwest gable end. The 6-panel door is framed by fluted pilasters supporting a triangular pediment with dentil molding. Within the pediment is a delicate fanlight. To the right of the door are two 9/9 sash windows. Above each window and door is a 9/6 sash window. All the windows on the first and second stories have louvered shutters and a triple key flat arch. The openings are equally spaced across the facade. Centered in the gable is a Palladian style window. A striking wood cornice with triangular shaped modillions surrounds the entire house. The northeast facade is quite similar, but with asymmetrical fenestration. The westernmost second-floor window placed lower than the other two bays, and the first and second floor windows in the center bay of this facade are shifted slightly west of center. The southeast facade is two bays wide with two windows equally spaced in the second story above French windows with four-light transoms on the first story. Extending across the first story is a flat-roofed screened porch supported by ten Doric columns. Along the edge of the porch roof is a wood balustrade. Two pedimented dormers with arched windows project from the roof in line with the fenestration below. Between these, at the roof ridge, is a chimney. Two additional interior chimneys rise from the roof on the northeast facade. A frame wing, 1 1/2 stories and 5 bays wide, abuts the northwest facade of the house. This early-20th century wing also has 9/9 sash windows. Three pedimented dormers project from the southwest side of the roof, and four from the northeast side. An interior chimney rises from the ridgeline near the center of the wing. On the interior, the northwest side of the main block is the hall, divided into two parts by a wide elliptical arch resting on reeded pilasters and acanthus leaf capitals. The soffit of the arch is paneled, as is the wainscot. The heavy wood cornice is molded and has a Greek fret band. At the northeast end of the hall is a scrolled, two-run stairway which cuts across the fan above the northeast door. The paneled wainscot parallels the ramped banister. The parlors feature paneled wainscoting, dentil cornices with ornamental drill holes, and fireplaces with molded architraves with engaged colonettes supporting a cornice with dentil molding with drill holes similar to the cornice above. The second floor bedrooms have nearly identical mantels with fluted end blocks and center tablets.
Glasgow is significant for its architecture. The large brick house has a basic Federal character which retains some characteristics of the earlier Georgian period. Several unusual features include the location of the main entrance in the gable end and a cornice with triangular rather than square modillions. The woodwork, particularly the mantels, are good examples of such work of the Federal period.