Brookline, Ma is full of character!

While driving or walking through Brookline one thing that is very evident is the buildings. Lets face it. Many properties in Brookline have a lot of character. Some of this is due to historical preservation and some of this is due to the use of the most advanced construction materials and techniques. Regardless it looks really good and we want to point out some reasons why the properties in Brookline stand out.

Historical Preservation

The town of Brookline, Ma has 8 local historic districts, 16 National / State registered districts, and more than 80 National or State registered listings. Brookline, Ma was first settled in 1638 as a hamlet in Boston. Brookline was incorporated as a separate town in 1705. The local historical districts are Chestnut Hill North, Cottage Farm, Crowninshield, Graffam-McKay, Harvard Avenue, Lawrence, Pill Hill, and Wild-Sargent. The oldest property still standing in town is the Devotion House which is located at 347 Harvard St and was built around 1621.

Architecture is not just engineering; it’s an art. Here are some examples…

mansard roofMansard Roofing

A mansard roof is a roof in which there are two tiers of pitch and all four sides change the degree of slope. Usually the final slope is drastic and can look like fancy siding. This allows for the top floor of a building to used as more habitable space. Another benefit of a mansard roof is it more easily allows for a building height to be increased after the conclusion of construction. Mansard roofing material typically consists of metal, copper, or slate tiles. Buildings with mansard roofing in the Brookline, Ma area date back to the 1800’s.


slate roof brooklineSlate Roofing

A slate roof adds a great amount of character to properties throughout the Brookline area. In addition to their visual appeal a slate roof can last up to 200 years. The longevity of this roofing material makes it a very popular roofing material even today. Slate is quarried around the world and turned into roofing tiles. The slate tiles are nailed to a roof or anchored using different types of hook systems. An added bonus of a slate roof is the natural stone will weather over time leaving a great natural finish. No two natural slate roofs will look a like.