John Goff historian, architectural historian, restoration architect and preservation consultant featured in Antiques and Fine Arts Magazine explores Six Historic Homes in the Boston, Massachusetts area. The Whipple house in Ipswich, The Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm in Newbury, The Derby House and Gardner-Pingree House in Salem, The Jeremiah Lee Mansion in Marblehead, and Beauport in Gloucester.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury preserved by Historic New England
Boston's North Shore was first settled by English colonists soon after the Mayflower Pilgrims disembarked at Plymouth, along what is now the southern Massachusetts coast, in 1620. The Cape Ann colony, where Gloucester and Rockport are situated on the North Shore, was settled in 1623. In 1626 the colony reorganized at Salem, then called Naumkeag. Although the first dwellings erected by the colonists in New England were often rude temporary shelters, such as English wigwams, dugouts, and tents, by mid-century a type of dwelling was introduced that architectural historians call the post-mediaeval or multi-gabled house.
The homes of this period were typically built of heavy timber frame and furnished with a large central brick chimney, a steep pitched roof with wood shingles, and split wood clapboards or weatherboards on the walls. The finer examples could have had multiple large triangular dormers at attic level, framed overhangs with pendant drops, projecting entry porch pavilions, and casement windows with small diamond panes held together with lead cames. The Whipple House in Ipswich is an opulent example of a substantial English multi-gabled house of the so-called "first period" (ca. 1630-1730). See More of this article at Antiques and Fine Art Magazine
John Goff is the principal of Historic Preservation & Design and president of Salem Preservation, Inc. (SPI), worked with the City of Salem to restore Salem in 1630: Pioneer Village, America's oldest living history museum.
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