Featured: Owners of the Phillip Call house on High Street were the first to establish a preservation agreement with the Town of Ipswich.
Since 1969 the Ipswich Historical Commission has been responsible for a voluntary program of binding Preservation Agreements between the Commission and homeowners to preserve the structure’s architecturally significant features. Under the voluntary Agreement’s provisions, the homeowner agrees not to permit any alterations to the designated interior or exterior features of his home agreed upon in the “covenant.” The contracts are between the town of Ipswich, owners and future owners until the year 2100. Current owners of historical properties may contact the Ipswich Historical commission at firstname.lastname@example.org about creating such an agreement.
Something To Preserve was published by the Ipswich Historical Commission in 1975 and is a report on historic preservation by the acquisition of protective agreements on buildings in Ipswich, Massachusetts. This important book described the process by which the town of Ipswich began to preserve at-risk historic homes after the town rejected efforts to set up a legal historic district.
Preservation restrictions are drawn up in accordance with MGL Chapter 184, Sections 31-33. Ipswich has the largest preservation restriction program in the Commonwealth with 36 properties protected in this fashion, primarily First Period buildings.
The following houses have covenants (preservation agreements) with the Ipswich Historical Commission
- John Heard Mansion (home of the Ipswich Historical Society)
- Col Nathaniel Wade House,78 County Rd.
- Tilton-Smith House, 164 Argilla Rd.
- Benjamin Grant House, 47 County Street
- Heard-Lakeman House, 2 Turkey Shore Rd.
- Burnham-Patch House, 1 Turkey Shore Rd.
- Preston-Foster House, 6 Water St.
- Polly Dole House, 26 East St. (1687 – 1710)
- Perkins-Hodgkins House 80 East St.(b.1700),
- Wainwright -Treadwell House, 62 East St.(b. 1727)
- Dennis House,7 County St.(b. 1670, alt. 1750)
- Captain Richard Rogers House,64 North Main St.(b.1728)
- John Gaines House, 3 High St.(b.1725)
- Philip Call House,26 High St.(b. 1659)
- Waldo-Caldwell House,33 High St.(b. 1660)
- Merchant-Choate House,97-99 High St.(B. 1650)
- Jeremiah (Benjamin) Kinsman House (b.1756), 59 Candlewood Road
- Dennis – Dodge House, 10 County St. (b. 1740-50),
- The Captain Matthew Perkins House (b. 1701-9), 8 East Street
- Baker-Newman House (b. 1725)
- Dodge House (b. 1725), 18 East Street
- Lakeman-Johnson House (b. 1835), 16 East Street
- Rev. Nathaniel Rogers House (b. 1727), 1 High Street
- Joseph Willcomb House, 13 High Street (b. 1668)
- Lord-Baker House (b. 1720), 37 High Street
- Joseph Fowler House (b. 1725-75)100 High Street
- John Kimball House (b. 1715), 104 High Street.
- John Kendrick House (1665, 3 Hovey Street)
- Old Post Office, 38 N. Main (Ipswich Heritage Trust)
- Col. John Appleton House (b. 1707), 2 North Main Street
- Thomas Manning / Old Parsonage, (b. 1799), 19 North Main Street
- Dr. John Manning House (1769), 36 North Main Street
- Nathaniel Treadwell – Hale House (b. 1769-99), 52 North Main Street
- Day-Dodge House (b. 1737), 57 North Main Street
- Samuel Dutch House (b. 1723), 69 South Main Street
- Col. John Baker House (b. 1761), South Village Green
- Benjamin Kimball House (b. 1721, alt. 1803), 3 Summer Street
- Hall – Haskell House, 36 S. Main St., (Town of Ipswich Visitor Center)
- Linebrook Parish Church, 391 Linebrook Rd. (1848)
- Probate Court – Odd Fellows building, 29 North Main Street (Ipswich Heritage Trust)
- Rev. Nathaniel Rogers House, 1 High Street (1727)
- Old Town Hall, S. Main St.
- Stephen Boardman house, 67 Turkey Shore Rd.
Preservation agreements in Ipswich with other organizations
- Appleton Farms (Trustees of Reservations) The oldest continually operating farm in North America.
- Isaac Goodale House, 153 Argilla Rd. (1668)
- Emerson – Howard House, 41 Turkey Shore Road (1640) (SPNEA Historic New England)
- Paine House and Greenwood Farm, Jeffreys Neck Road, (Trustees of Reservations)
- The Proctor Estate, County Road (Ipswich Great Estates Bylaw) The mansion and outbuildings were built in 1908 for the Proctor family where they lived until the 1940′s. Now owned by New England Biolabs and is protected under the Great Estates Bylaw
- Charles Searle Estate, Jeffreys Neck Road (Ipswich Great Estates Bylaw) now owned by the Sisters of Notre Dame. Although the house is abandoned and the
exterior is in bad repair, it is subject to the Great Estates Bylaw
- Turner Hill, Topsfield Road (Ipswich Great Estates Bylaw). Built by William G. Rantoul in 1900, it was the home, farm and lands of importer and industrialist Charles N. Rice. Now owned by Turner Hill Associates. Turner Hill is subject to the Great Estates Bylaw.
- The Whipple House, 1 South Village Green (Ipswich Museum)