Live like a queen in a Somerville dwelling

a20a15724a8b1755b8d639be51c4cb75

When it comes to antique homes, architecture is the initial striking element of attraction. That’s certainly true of the beautiful blue house near the corner of Central and Summer streets in Somerville. This lovingly preserved turn-of-the-century Queen Anne home is on both the National Register of Historic Places and was the winner of a Somerville Historic Preservation Award both in 1998 and 2011.

But then, there’s history, too. Who lived there? This house is known as the Edward Crane House, begging the question that even the supposedly mighty Google can’t answer:?Who was Edward Crane?
“I Google[d] him and still did not find anything,” says listing agent Patricia Ng.

Ed Crane, man of mystery?

“Its primary significance is architectural, having been designed by prominent architects Loring and Phipps. I note that no research was done about the owners or inhabitants of the house at the time it was submitted,” says Kristenna P. Chase, Preservation Planner for Somerville’s Historic Preservation Commission.

An electronic version of the original Massachusetts Historical Commission survey document, dating from the 1980s, lists the house as built in 1895, with no alterations, and designed by George F. Loring. But the Historical Significance section of the MHC survey, which is where the role owners played in local or state history would become clear, is blank. Boston’s most famous Edward Crane was MLB player Cannonball Crane, but he died two years before the house was built. Old City of Somerville records note the owner as Mrs. Alice Crane, widow of Wesley C. Crane who established the Crane & Woods Insurance Company in 1868, who lived there with her son Henry.

As for Edward, he’s lost in history.

Buy now

152 Summer St., Somerville
Open house: Sunday,
8 a.m.-noon, 1-2 p.m.
Listing price: $899,900
Listing agent: Patricia Ng, 781-856-0992
www.commonmoves.com
This 4,032-square-foot home, with six beds and two and a half baths, has a third-floor in-law apartment in the attic. The dining room’s chandelier is included in the sale.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor pledges lower greenhouse gas emissions from New…

Just hours before the start of the People’s Climate March on Sunday, and two days ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit, Mayor Bill de…

National

The best places to see the Northern Lights…

A large solar storm hit the Earth's atmosphere and will tonight illuminate the skies with aurora borealis -- also known as the Northern Lights.

Local

Police officer killed Sunday morning Bronx crash, 8…

One NYPD police officer was killed and eight other officers were injured early Sunday morning when the van they were traveling in crashed  in the…

National

Pennsylvania police shooter manhunt near home of suspect's…

A police manhunt intensified on Friday for the gunman who killed an officer and wounded another in an ambush at a Pennsylvania police barracks a week ago.

Television

'How to Get Away with' mischaracterizing Shondra Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes read Alessandra Stanley's New York Times piece about her being "an angry black woman" and "a romance writer" and it did not sit well with her.

Gossip

New nude celebrity selfies leak … and Clay…

A new batch of nude selfies of Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Lake Bell and Avril Lavigne hit the web and Clay Aiken has something to say!

Television

James Spader's route to villainy on "The Blacklist"

In honor of the second season premiere of "The Blacklist" tonight, where James Spader plays good guy/bad guy Raymond “Red” Reddington, it’s a good time to look back at Spader’s…

Television

True Detective

NFL

Jay Cutler takes Marc Trestman's coaching to heart

While Jay Cutler turned to an autobiography on the man who would be his head coach, Trestman had personal experience with the player.

NFL

Jets vs. Bears: 3 things to watch

Jets fans likely chalked up Monday's matchup with the Bears as a loss when the NFL schedule came out. But given their team's play so…

NFL

Rashad Jennings carries Giants in first win this…

Rashad Jennings, who came to New York from Oakland last year, by way of Jacksonville, was highly coveted this offseason by general manager Jerry Reese.

NFL

3 things we learned as Giants pick up…

The Giants picked up their first win of the season over the Texans.

Career

Here's how to make the most of visit…

You’re primped, you’re looking polished, you’re prepared with a stack of resumes. Job fair hunters, unite! There are a few things to keep in mind…

Education

Learn how to study effectively and stop cramming…

Picture this: It’s midterm week, and college students everywhere are trying to frantically memorize all of the math formulas, political theories and historical facts that…

Parenting

How motherhood inspired Bethenny Frankel's new book

Bethenny Frankel's new children's book is about how her daughter and dog didn't always get alone.

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.