Before the American Revolution, Brattle Street was known as Tory Row, for the seven estates built and owned here by loyalists to King George. For more than three centuries since, this neighborhood has been home to academics, politicians, writers, industrialists, and inventors.
Though best known for its colonial mansions, this 1.5-mile-long historic district includes fine examples of American residential architecture from virtually every style and period over the past 350 years. Perhaps attracted by this remarkable and varied collection, a number of noted designers, including Van Brunt, Jackson, Johnson, Stubbins, Koch, and Gund, have built their own houses here.
If this walk piques your interest, Maycock and Sullivan's 2016 opus "Building Old Cambridge" offers an unparalleled perspective on the history, development, and architecture of this and nearby neighborhoods. Some additional sites in the area are included in the AIA Guide, in the "Cambridge - West" guide.