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Melville’s Pittsfield Home Gets a Makeover


PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Pittsfield home where Herman Melville wrote “Moby-Dick” is getting a period makeover.

Workers from Historic Preservation Associates are building a Victorian-style porch on the front of the homestead known as Arrowhead. The building is now a Melville museum and home to the Berkshire Historical Society.

Though the house was built in 1780, Arrowhead Executive Director Betsy Sherman tells The Berkshire Eagle the original front porch was added in 1870, likely by Melville’s brother. The building has undergone multiple renovations since.

The porch project is part of a series of upgrades planned for the next year, which include painting, the installation of period storm windows, and landscaping.

The projects are being funded in part by grants from the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Cultural Facilities Fund.


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