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Henry Hobson Richardson’s influence on Cass Gilbert is apparent in the second Lightener house. Richardson’s Trinity church in Boston had been built and his Sever Hall at Harvard was under construction when Gilbert was student at MIT.  The house at 318 Summit Avenue is an outstanding example of the use of the Richardsonian Romanesque in residential architecture. Its compact symmetrical design with walls of rough ashlar Sioux quartzite from quarries near the Minnesota-South Dakota border and the contrasting Lake Superior Bayfield brownstone of the arched entrance, string course and recessed columns give the house a timeless quality.