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Codman Estate

34 Codman Road , Lincoln, MA 01773

Overlooking a prospect of farm and pleasure grounds, this country seat, also known as “The Grange,” was a powerful force in the lives of five generations of the Codman family. Each generation that lived here left its mark, and the estate gradually came to symbolize the family's fascinating past.

In the 1790s, John Codman carried out extensive improvements to the original Georgian house and surrounding grounds. Sixty years later, his grandson updated the house in keeping with Victorian taste and filled the house with the finest New York furnishings. Today, the interiors are richly furnished with portraits, memorabilia, and art works collected in Europe, showing the decorative schemes of every era, including those of noted early twentieth-century interior designer Ogden Codman, Jr.

The grounds feature a hidden turn-of-the-century Italian garden with perennial beds, statuary, and a reflecting pool filled with water lilies, as well as a 1930s English cottage garden.