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The Three Bricks are three identical brick Georgian houses located at 93, 95, and 97 Main Street on Nantucket, Massachusetts. They were built between 1836 and 1839 by master mason Christopher Capen for whaling merchant and factory owner, Joseph Starbuck. The houses were intended as homes for his three sons and were built identically to allay any jealousies between the siblings. Starbuck wasn't above some pettiness however, it is believed he used expensive bricks in construction because from his own house, on New Dollar Lane, he could see the large brick house of Jared Coffin (now a hotel) being built. Starbuck took meticulous records of the construction of the Three Bricks, recording each expenditure from the initial purchase of the land for $12,800 to the final amount of $27,324.67 (💁♀️sixty seven cents) in construction. The houses are now considered icons of Nantucket's prosperous whaling era. They are privately owned with the East Brick, the house once owned by William Starbuck, listed in 2015 at $17.9 million.
This is another photo taken by me a very long time ago on film. It's not quite up to the quality I would prefer these days, but as I said on the recently posted Hadwen House, the chances of me making it back to Nantucket any time soon (alas 😪) are not great. And I have always ADORED these houses. at Nantucket, Massachusetts