48 Market Street, the Bailey house (c 1887)

48 Market Street, the Bailey house (c 1887)

The large Victorian home known as the Dr. George G. Bailey House at 48 Market Street in Ipswich was built between 1884 and 1887. The house does not appear on an 1893 map of the town, but is in place by the time of the 1910 Atlas. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

The “shingle style” was the last of the elaborate Victorian architectural forms, and represented an interest in the whole house and the beginning of a return to traditional American practicality. These houses have a more pronounced mass and thus emphasize more of a horizontal appearance than earlier Victorians. Windows had no classical pediments and the Gingerbread cornice woodwork of earlier Victorian styles is absent. Rooflines tend to be softened in comparison to earlier Victorian styles. Shingle-style houses often use a single large roof, as opposed to the multiple gables of Queen Anne and Stick style Victorians. On this house, the rounded towers break up the roof line, giving it character and bringing the whole house into harmony.

Dr. George G. Bailey at one time owned the Italianate house at the intersection of North Main, East and High Streets that is now the Ipswich Inn.48_market_L

George Guy Bailey was born in 1864, the son of Edward Bailey and Martha Peckham of Rowley. He graduated at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bailey settled in Ipswich and began his practice here in 1897. He joined the staff of the Benjamin Stickney Cable Memorial Hospital when it opened in 1917.

Dr. Bailey served as medical examiner for Ipswich from the beginning of his practice and was later appointed as medal examiner for Essex County. Dr. Bailey was vice-chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for the 22nd Massachusetts District during the World War One, working with the Legal Advisory Board. During the war assistance was rendered by the members of this board to a very large number of Ipswich registrants. The large number of alien registrants living here made the work of this board very important.

Dr Bailey married Grace Damon of Ipswich and they had three children. Dr. Bailey died in 1940 at 75 years of age, and his wife Grace died four years later. They are buried in the Damon plot at Highland Cemetery. Dr. Bailey was the vice-chairman of the Ipswich Historical Society in 1920. He and his wife Grace are listed as members and supporters on many of their historic documents.

The Bailey house and Market Street, 1936
The Bailey house and Market Street, 1936

Dr. Guy G. Bailey (assumed descendent)

Ipswich residents also remember Dr. G. Guy Bailey and Mrs. Grace F. Bailey. Anne Doughty writes,

“Guy Bailey was my orthopedic doctor when I was growing up in the 50’s and 60’s. He was a fantastic man whom I still remember as being really kind and empathetic because he head foot and leg problems too. If it weren’t for him and his ‘pioneer surgery’ I would have been club-footed and have an enormous limp for life. He performed this surgery at the Ipswich Hospital, Cable Memorial, where he came and performed “special ” surgeries. He was the Head of the Orthopedic Dept of the Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge for many years and had a private practice in the Back Bay. When I was a young adult I went to him for a second opinion because doctors wanted me to have a hand operation. As usual, he turned out to be correct when he told me “not to listen to those operation-happy young interns”. He is still remembered in the Mount Auburn Orthopedic Dept. as a great man and an excellent doctor.” Dr. George G. Bailey co-wrote many medial papers about orthopedic problems.



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