Lord Timothy Dexter of Newburyport was not really a lord; he bestowed that title upon himself. His home was a showplace, ornamented in front by wooden statues of himself and prominent men of the day, the early 1800’s. The belvedere on the roof with an eagle for a finial was a lovely ornament atop the large three story Georgian house built circa 1770.

Timothy Dexter House, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA, c18th century (1921). Plate taken from Famous Colonial Houses, by Paul M Hollister,
Timothy Dexter House, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA, c 18th century (1921). Plate taken from Famous Colonial Houses, by Paul M Hollister,

Tragedy struck this house on August 15, 1988 when house painters did the unthinkable. They used torches to burn off paint under the eaves. You can imagine the rest. The house went up in flames, the beautiful belvedere crashed down through the house. Had it not been for its rich history and the existing plans would it have been saved? The front page of the Newburyport News claimed the loss was $1,000,000, but it was rebuilt and to all appearances looks the same as always on the exterior.

The stories of Lord Timothy Dexter are kept alive in Newburyport and throughout New England. Lord Timothy Dexter’s stately house remains as always, the Buckingham Palace of Newburyport. Read the whole story at Antique Houses Of Gloucester And Beyond: LORD DEXTER’S “BUCKINGHAM PALACE” IN NEWBURYPORT.

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