George G. Dexter, artist photographer, built this classic Queen Anne house on property formerly owned by Henry L. Ordway. The house is an exuberant example of this style and many typical Queen Anne features have been incorporated into the design. These include various shingle types, asymmetrical massing, an offset bay with a prymidal cap and finial, and a Palladian window. The outbuilding in the rear is said to have been used by Dexter as a photography studio.
George Dexter did much to preserve the history of Ipswich recording and interpreting the town through photography until 1920. His photos are featured on this site. After his death in 1927, his daughter quitclaimed her share of the house to her mother, Mabelle Ordway Dexter.