Ipswich DepotRoads

Depot Square

The Eastern Railroad ran from Boston to Portland, continuing to Canada and was the primary competition of the Boston and Maine Railroad until it was acquired by the B&M in the late 1880’s to become the B&M’s Eastern Division. The Ipswich Depot sat at the location of the Institution for Savings at Depot Square.

Ipswich Depot during the Civil War
Ipswich Depot and the Damon Building
Ipswich Depot is on the left and the Damon Building is on the right.
Ipswich Depot
Depot Square postcard
Ipswich Depot
The Hayes Hotel is the red building in this postcard of the Ipswich Depot around the beginning of the 20th Century.
The Hayes Hotel is the red building in this postcard of the Ipswich Depot around the beginning of the 20th Century.
The Ipswich Depot
The Ipswich Depot
Eastern Railroad engine
Eastern Railroad engine # 4 at Ipswich, 1882
Train approaching the mills
Train approaching the mills
Depot Square closeup from the 1893 Birdseye Map of Ipswich
Depot Square closeup from the 1893 Birdseye Map of Ipswich
The Eastern International house
In 1866 the Eastern International House was built by the Eastern Railroad at Depot Square in Ipswich, approximately where the Institution for Savings bank now sits. The Eastern International House was moved to Central Street and is now a condominium.
The Ipswich Depot was built on the site of the Eastern International house.
Hoax photo by Ipswich photographer George Dexter, 1908
Hoax photo by Ipswich photographer George Dexter, 1908
Front view of the Ipswich Depot
Front view of the Ipswich Depot in 1884 during the 250th anniversary celebration of the founding of Ipswich, courtesy of Randy Maggelet
Teddy Roosevelt on the campaign trail stops at the Ipswich Train Depot in 1912. The old Damon Block, which was destroyed by fire, is in the background. The present day Market Place stands on the site today. Thanks to Fran Richards for photo and text.
Teddy Roosevelt on the campaign trail stops at the Ipswich Train Depot in 1912. The old Damon Block, which was destroyed by fire, is in the background. The present day Market Place stands on the site today. Thanks to Fran Richards for photo and text.
The Damon Building at Ipswich Depot
Ipswich Depot
Ipswich Depot around 1950
This building stood at Depot Square for a few decades before the current institution for Savings Bank was built on the corner.
Between the time the Depot was demolished and the Ipswich Co-op built their bank, John Pechilis’ Strand Furniture sat at this location. Lee J. Pechilis was the son of John and Eva Pechilis and as a young man he was employed at Strand Furniture. Following the store’s closure, Lee and his former wife Brenda re-opened it as the Pechilis Family Furniture Store on Central Street, which closed in 1991.
Institution for Savings, Ipswich MA
The Institution for Savings now anchors the corner of Market Street and Depot Square
The Greek Hotel, corner of Market and Saltonstall Streets in Ipswich, photo taken 1913 The Greek Hotel - In 1868, the Ipswich Mills built a "fine mansion" for the use of its superintendent. By 1910 the building had become a tenement upstairs and coffee shop downstairs. The house was replaced by a succession of three diners, but the lot is now a parking lot.
1894: the Year that Ipswich Burned - At about 1:30 am, Police gave the alarm that Central Street was on fire.The citizens of Ipswich tumbled out from their beds and faced as wicked a night as the town has ever seen. Four months later the other end of downtown burned.
Ipswich MA train Depot The Railroad comes to Ipswich, December 20, 1839 - The stagecoach era ended abruptly when the Salem tunnel opened, and two days later on December 20, 1839, a train from Boston made its first passage through Ipswich. The opening of the railroad and the end of stagecoach travel led to the decline of Ipswich as one of the most important towns of Massachusetts.
Hayes Hotel, Depot Square, Ipswich MA The Hayes Hotel - The Hayes Hotel was constructed in 1842 as a woolen goods factory. Converted to a tavern and hotel in 1885, the building was being used as a rooming house when it burned in 1969 with a loss of life.
Agawam Diner when it was in Ipswich The Agawam Diner - The Agawam Diner on Rt. 1 in Rowley was built by the Fodero Dining Car Company in 1954, and was originally located on Market St. in Ipswich. Two Strand diner cars preceded it at that location.
Teddy Roosevelt’s “whistlestop” in Ipswich, 1912 - Campaigning as the vice-presidential nominee with William McKinley in 1900, Theodore Roosevelt conducted one of the most famous political campaigns in U.S. history, traveling by train and making 480 stops in 23 states. Following the assassination of President McKinley in September 1901, Theodore Roosevelt, at age 42, succeeded to the Presidency, […]
Mayflower Restaurant, Ipswich MA 11 Depot Square, Russell’s Lunch (circa 1900) - Arthur Honey Russell is said to have been responsible for making the Ipswich fried clam famous. Folks from other cities and towns on the North Shore came to Ipswich on the train or by trolley just to eat at Russell's on Depot Square.
83 Central Street, the International House (1866) - In 1866 the International House was built by the Eastern Railroad beside the Ipswich Depot. It was moved in 1882 to make room for a new depot. It continued to be operated as a hotel, and In the 1970's and 80's was known as the House of Hinlin.

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  1. Hi Gordon, do you have any dates on the photographs? More directly, the express luggage building now sits in my back yard. Do you know where I can find the date it was built or when it was moved here? Thanks for any info.

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