16 Brown St., the Leno house (1890)

16 Brown St.

16 Brown St.

This house is typical of the Brown and Mineral Street “gable and ell” homes built at the end of the 19th Century, often from plans available through architectural magazines. The style in Ipswich was generally L-shaped with a porch and brackets under the gable, and mass-produced prefabricated trim. Many of the houses on Brown Street originally featured scalloped, diamond, staggered butt, and arrow-head shingles on the walls, with elaborate brackets supporting the door hood.

It is believed that the homes on Brown and Cottage Streets were probably built by the short-lived Essex Hosiery Company to house their employees.

Essex Hosiery Company sale

Source: MACRIS