Austin Measures house, Ipswich MA

49 Turkey Shore Road, the Austin Measures house (1874)

Austin Measures purchased this lot from George Haskell in 1874 and built the house. The low-pitched roof, window hoods and corbels supporting the flat roof portico are of Italianate influence.

The 1900 Census records that Austin Measures was born in England in 1835. He immigrated to the U.S., married Lucy W. from Maine, and settled in Ipswich. The census lists one son, Daniel W. Measures, born in 1882. Daniel lived in Ipswich, was a member of the Masons and the Ipswich Historical Society. Records show that in 1944 he purchased a house in Epson NH, but owned it for only two years.

In the 19th and early 20th Century, Ipswich village maps showed the names of the owners of each property. The 1884 Birdseye Map includes sketches of each house. I used these maps to confirm the construction period of the Austin Measures house.

49 Turkey Shore Rd., Ipswich MA
The house at 49 Turkey Shore Road is indicated by a white arrow in this closeup view from the 1884 Ipswich Birdseye map
Closeup from the 1872 Ipswich village map, indicates that the house at 49 Turkey Shore Rd. had not yet been built.
Closeup from the 1872 Ipswich village map indicates that the house at 49 Turkey Shore Rd. had not yet been built.
1884 map Ipswich Turkey Shore Rd.
The 1884 Ipswich village map shows the house at 49 Turkey Shore Rd, owned by “A. Measures.” At that time, Turkey Shore Rd. had been renamed Prospect St., but it was later changed back.
Closeup from the 1910 Ipswich village map.
This closeup from the 1910 Ipswich village map shows the house at 49 Turkey Shore Rd is owned by W. S. Sheppard. Dianne Fessenden-Cassidy informs us that the Sheppard-Fessenden family owned this property throughout the 20th Century. At the intersection of Turkey Shore and Green Streets is the Emerson-Howard house, which was where Ipswich artist Arthur Wesley Dow hosted a summer art school. Structures with an X are outbuildings. The two bungalows on either side of the Austin Measures house had not yet been built.

Austin Measures’ Candy Shop was a long-lasting institution in Ipswich. It was first located in a small building on North Main Street that was moved in order to construct the Colonial Building in 1904. It moved to a Central Street location that now houses the Subway.

Measures Candy shop was originally located in the small building on N. Main St., which was torn down to erect the Colonial Building in .1904.
Measures Candy shop was originally located in the small building on N. Main St., which was torn down to erect the Colonial Building in 1904.
Central St., Measures Candy Store

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