The date of construction for the house at 31 Summer Street in Ipswich is uncertain. The date of construction is listed as 1775 by the town assessors, but it first appears in town maps in 1872, owned by “E. Bartlett.” The Ipswich Historical Commission dates it to 1870. The house is typical of homes built in the late Georgian or Federal era, with a symmetrical shape, paneled front door with decorative crown, sidelights and flattened columns on either side, five windows across and paired chimneys. The decorative brackets under the soffets and porch roof are often found in early Victorian houses.