Brown-Pearl Hall

Structural Frame

about 1704

Object Place: West Boxford, Massachusetts

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oak, pine

On View

Brown-Pearl Hall (Gallery LG35)




Architectural elements

The woodwork in this room came from a house built by Cornelius Brown (or Browne), a farmer, and his wife Susannah in a small town in Essex County, north of Boston. In 1738, the house passed to Richard Pearl and descended in his family until it was dismantled. The Museum acquired the woodwork in 1925. The heavy oak frame (notable for its chamfered, or beveled, edges), pine sheathing (or wall boards), and large fireplace are characteristic of New England houses of the period.


Acquired by the MFA October 1925 as part of Manning House and Brown Pearl Hall purchase for $5,334.16.

Credit Line

John Lowell Gardner Fund