According to the Sherborn Historical Society "Richard Smart was a Civil War veteran and carpenter. He had been a resident of Brighton (MA) prior to moving to Sherborn. Before Smart built the house there, the lot had been owned by the Flaggs across the street and divided into three lots by stonewalls." On Tuesday, June 22, the Richard Smart house was demolished. Built as a Victorian, renovations in the 1960s included the "front bay and piazzas removed and the front colonialized." The property situated next to town hall comprises about 2.5 acres and was acquired, by the town, for about $500,000.