Summer St. house, Ipswich MA

37 Summer Street, the William H. Jewett house (b 1872)

The elegant Cape Cod Colonial at 37 Summer Street first appears as the W. Jewett house in the 1872 Ipswich map, although the town website lists it as 1825. Like many capes from the Greek Revival and Italianate eras, it features story-and-a-half construction, a balanced fa├žade, centered door with entablature and corner pilasters, dental molding and elaborate cornice returns.

This house is a “high post cape” sometimes referred to as a “kneewall cape,” a style that became popular in the 19th Century. The corner posts extend vertically, which raises the roof, increasing the usable space in the second floor rooms. The plans for this house may have been from a catalogue.

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