An introduction to First Period architecture in Ipswich

The Field Institute is a program designed to expand the interpretive themes of the Salem Maritime and Saugus Ironworks National Historic Sites to a larger, regional scope with the Essex National Heritage Area.

Of the roughly 300 houses that were constructed (in part of in whole) during the first century of English settlement of Massachusetts, 59 are in Ipswich. In this presentation, Gordon Harris demonstrates features to help you identify First Period structures based on appearance, layout, and details that distinguish them from the succeeding Georgian era. Diagrams demonstrating First Period construction techniques will be accompanied by exterior and interior photographs from several of the best-preserved Ipswich First Period houses. View also Gordon’s interview with Kevin OConnor at This Old House.

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