There’s a Royal Barry Wills Cape for Sale in Jamaica Plain
This charming red house for sale near the Arnold Arboretum isn’t your average Cape. It was built in 1962 and designed by Royal Barry Wills, the so-called master of Cape Cod-style houses.
A Melrose native and MIT grad, Wills pioneered a revival of Cape houses in the post-war era. During his heyday—which roughly spanned from the 1930s to the 1950s—he found success in building hundreds of the region’s classic cottages. He created homes that were simple and sturdy, with touches of elegance in their flexibility and possibilities for customization.
“He wanted only to design the indigenous New England house supremely well, and succeeded beyond any other architect,” reads More Houses for Good Living, a book originally published in 1968 by Royal Barry Wills Associates. While Wills founded his firm in 1925, it was renamed Royal Barry Wills Associates in 1958 and continues to operate today.
Wills’ Capes are often characterized by central chimneys and eaves directly over the front windows—qualities that can be seen in this Jamaica Plain house on the market. The Cape at 9 Winchester Terrace offers a fireplaced living room, skylight windows on the second floor, a finished lower-level, plus a rear addition. The backyard is secluded and green, and boasts a good-sized deck.
Want to own a piece of architectural history? The four-bedroom home, listed by Cheryl Cotney of William Raveis R.E. & Home Services, asks a cool $820,000. See raveis.com for more information.