House of the Seven Gables
“This house is architecturally powerful, but it is drawing a lot of its emotional power through literary associations,” says Mellins. Writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, born just blocks away, was a cousin of Ingersoll’s daughter Susanna. He frequently visited the mansion said to be the inspiration of his 1851 novel The House of the Seven Gables. The book begins, “Halfway down a bystreet of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst.”
Now called the House of the Seven Gables, the mansion has dark-stained siding and small rectangular windows, but its most dominant—and replicated—feature is its gabled roof.