What a wonderful gift Margo Miller has given us in Château Higginson, a vivid and absorbing account of one man's efforts to construct a building that would create "a new way for Bostonians—and Americans—to live."
Not only does Henry Lee Higginson (best known for founding the Boston Symphony Orchestra) and his housing gamble come to life, but a whole social class, indeed, all of nineteenth-century urban America, spread themselves before us in the narrative.
Perspectives abound. Anecdotes enrich. Details, statistics, and little-known facts amaze. And it is written with elegance, confidence, grace, and wit.
‘A must-read for any lover of Boston history, any student of American urban history.' —William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Back Bay and The Lincoln Letter.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Margo Miller was on the staff of The Boston Globe, 1962-1999, writing on performing arts, architecture, and interior design. She was introduced to the Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts when she worked summers at the orchestra's Tanglewood Festival. That began her interest in Henry Lee Higginson, BSO founder in 1881, and resulted in this book when she discovered he built the Hotel Agassiz, an early apartment house in Boston's Back Bay, in which she has lived since 1977.