The Caleb Kimball house, or the“House with Orange Shutters” as it is commonly known, is at 106 High Street in Ipswich and was built between 1690 and 1715 (1st period) The orange shutters have become a long tradition.
The owner has maintained the left inside as a First Period home, with exposed beams and a large fireplace. The right inside was updated with Georgian features, plaster ceilings and a Rumford fireplace.
A few years ago the sills on this First Period house had rotted to the extent that the structure was leaning forward and in danger of collapse; leaning forward 8” at the top created a devastating angle for the front wall. Over the years, beams had rotted and braces had been cut, further weakening the frame. Woodwright James Whidden jacked up the house, and repaired the sills, posts and girts. Whidden referred to this as the “A. Kimball house,” but the name is unknown. Whidden’s recent death at the age of 49 is a great loss to the town of Ipswich.