VIDEO: A shortage of water hampered firefighters' efforts Friday to save a historic 120-year-old home in Concord which was originally built for the prominent descendant of a U.S. President.
The fire at 240 Fairhaven Hill Road burned a 6,500-square-foot home that was built in 1899, according to records. The five-bedroom, five-bathroom mansion is valued at approximately $2.9 million.
By 2 p.m., the stately home had been reduced to a smoldering shell.
Historical records show the home was designed by Boston architect H.D. Hale for Charles Francis Adams III, a great-grandson of President John Quincy Adams. It was one of the first two large country estates not associated with farming in the town.
Charles Francis Adams III was an 1892 graduate of Harvard Law School, a treasurer for Harvard University, the fourth mayor of Quincy and the 44th Secretary of the US Navy.