House at 8 Park Street, Wakefield, Mass.

  • House at 8 Park Street, Wakefield, Mass.
  • Klapes, Jeffrey M. , 1964-
  • Photos show the house located at 8 Park Street on the south side of the street near the Common. Built between 1851 and 1856, the Italianate style house is of wood frame construction and has front and side porches and a barn at the rear, added later. The home was built for Dr. Josiah Poland, and by 1874 was the home of James H. Carter, who was instrumental in the building of the Rockery on Main Street. It was later purchased by Harland H. Perkins, an architect who designed three large Craftsman style homes on Prospect Street in 1913 for Elizabeth Boit. From 1942-1944 it was the home of Herbert A. Philbrick, a counterspy who infiltrated several Communist Party organizations in the Boston area, and later testified at the trial of U. S. v. s William Z. Foster, et al. , in New York. He filed his FBI reports from a hidden room in this house, behind the false wall of a cedar closet in the unfinished attic, where he kept a typewriter, dictating and photographic equipment.
  • Detailed entry in building survey, "The cultural resources of Wakefield", pA95
  • The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Photos taken at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2008 and 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2008
  • 04-22-2008
  • [Wakefield, Mass. : The author]


Klapes, Jeffrey M. , 1964-, “House at 8 Park Street, Wakefield, Mass.,” NOBLE Digital Heritage, accessed September 21, 2020,


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