Case’s Corner Historic District is an area of residential and institutional buildings prominently located in the geographical center of Weston, MA. Approximately 190 acres in size, the district radiates out from the intersection of four important roadways: Wellesley, School, Ash, and Newton Streets. The spine of the district extends one mile along Wellesley Street, the north-south thoroughfare that connects Wellesley and Weston centers. The district contains about 100 acres of undeveloped land including a 35-acre town-owned field kept in agricultural use by a community farm and about 60 undeveloped acres still owned by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. The open landscape reflects the historical progression of the land from farm to estate to regional horiticultural center. Located throughout the former Case property in the southern half of the district are plantings of horticultural significance including many specimen trees and shrubs. Stone walls dating from the late 18th to early 20th century exemplify varied construction methods and serve as important landscape features. Buildings mirror the transformation of the town over more than two centuries from a rural agricultural town to modern suburb. The district boundary has been drawn to include 19th and early 20th century houses on Ash and Newton Streets which, while located on the periphery of the district, carry out the historical theme of early suburban development and set the visual tone at each approach to the central hub.
Because Case’s Corner developed over time and includes different building types, the district has no single architectural theme. Its appeal lies in the architectural significance of particular individual structures, the cohesiveness of the turn-of-the-century neightborhood in the northern part of the district, and the picturesque and diversified landscape enhanced by mature trees, fieldstone walls, open fields, a small town park, gardens, and woodlands.