Codman Estate

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Codman Estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts

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 Library of Codman Estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts

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.

Open
Second and fourth Saturdays, June 1 – October 15
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tours on the hour. Last tour at 4:00 p.m.
September 7: First-floor open house only with admission to Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

The Codman Estate is a Historic New England property.

 


Top photo: Codman House - 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 of the Codman family that lived here left their mark, and the estate gradually came to symbolize the family's distinguished past.

Bottom photo: Library - Ogden Codman Jr. recommended removing the Codman House billiard table from this room to create a library in the 1890s as billiard rooms were no longer in fashion. He wanted to make it the nicest and most comfortable room in the house. It was a less formal space for relaxing and reading. Many of the family portraits are hung here.