The Historic Kimball Farmer House


The Kimball Farmer House, located at 1173 Mass. Ave.,  is one of Arlington’s most architecturally and historically significant properties and is listed both in the MHC Inventory and the National Register of Historic Places. It is a rare survivor of early 19th-century federal-style architecture, and has exceptionally strong associations with multiple generations of persons prominent in the civic, charitable, commercial, religious and cultural history of Arlington.

HCA purchased the Kimball Farmer House in September of 2014. The property was a single-family house at the corner of Forest Street and Mass. Ave. in Arlington. The original structure was built in approximately 1826 with an ell addition in the rear built sometime later. In recent years the building was utilized as a commercial office space fronting on Mass. Ave. and a two-bedroom townhouse-type residential dwelling unit. The site has parking in the rear. The zoning is B-1 which allows for up to three residential units with a special permit which was granted on November 14, 2014 by the Arlington Redevelopment Board.

HCA has rehabilitated the project into three individual units: 1 two-bedroom townhouse-type unit in the rear and 2 one-bedroom units fronting Mass. Ave. The unit on the first floor is wheelchair accessible with a rear ramp and front sloping walk.

Made Possible By Our Funders TD Bank, Leader Bank, Federal Home Loan, Bank of Boston, Town of Arlington CDBG, Community Preservation Funds, North Suburban Consortium, and Massachusetts Historical Commission.

Thank you to the volunteers from our Volunteer Landscaping Party for all of your hard work and to Lalicata Landscaping Products, Inc. for your generous mulch and soil donation!