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 historicipswich@gmail.com 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

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)

Pre-1975 preservation agreements from “Something to Preserve.”

31 County Street, Ascension Memorial Episcopal Church (1875) - The Episcopal Protestant Church in Ipswich was organized in      . The new congregation was allowed to share the Methodist Meeting House. When the present Methodist Church was constructed in          the old Town hall was moved the short distance to the newly-extended County Street as “Damon Hall,” where the Episcopal … Continue reading 31 County Street, Ascension Memorial Episcopal Church (1875)
3 Summer Street, the Benjamin Kimball house (c 1720, alt. 1803) - The Benjamin Kimball House dates to about 1720 and was a 2 room cape moved to this location in 1803 and expanded at that time. The Benjamin Kimball house is late first period but has been altered with Georgian and Federal influences. The walls and roof are constructed of huge beams with mortise and tenon joinery, and the first floor outside corners have gunstock posts, evidence that they once supported the roof.
33 High Street, the Waldo-Caldwell house (1660) - In 1654, Cornelius Waldo sold to John Caldwell for £26 the house and land he bought of Richard Betts. Caldwell removed the old house and built the present house as a two-over-two-room, central chimney plan house with massive summer beams, a huge fireplace, and heavy chamfered frame, a very substantial house of the 1660’s.
58 North Main Street, the Captain Richard Rogers House (1728) - The Capt. Richard Rogers House at 58 North Main Street in Ipswich is significant because of its fine Georgian style.  Richard Rogers descended from  Nathaniel Rogers who lived on the South Green. The house was built in 1728 about the time of the Rogers’ Manse across High Street. The central hallway with a closed string-course balustrade and … Continue reading 58 North Main Street, the Captain Richard Rogers House (1728)
7 County Street, the Thomas Dennis House (1663) - The house at 7 County Street dates to two periods. Shoreborne Wilson, a cooper, built a house and a cooper’s shop on this site about 1660. Thomas Dennis bought the property in 1663. The rear ell of the present house dates from that period, The 5-bay front section of the house dates to the 1750s. Dennis was a master carver and joiner.
26 High Street, the Philip Call house (1659) - This 2-story timber-frame First Period house was built by cordwainer Philip Call about 1659, enlarged around 1725. In 1967, the owners uncovered a chamfered 17th century summer beam and field paneling behind Victorian-era walls. The house has a preservation agreement with the Ipswich Historical Commission.
104 High Street, the John Kimball house (1715) - This is is one of three John Kimball houses along High Street, two said to have been built by the father, the third by the son. The 1st period house has a chamfered summer beam and wide plank tongue and groove sheathing. This house is protected by a preservation agreement between the owners and the Ipswich Historical Commission.
Wainwright-Treadwell house, East St., Ipswich MA 62 East Street, the Treadwell-Wainwright House (1727) - Capt. John Wainwright bought 3 1/2 acres from Nathaniel Treadwell in 1726 (47:144) and built this fine Georgian mansion.The raised-field paneling and feather-edge sheathing found throughout the house are key features.
80 East Street, the Perkins – Hodgkins House (c 1700) - The First Period Perkins-Hodgkins house is believed to have been built in 1700 on the foundation of the earier Jacob Perkins home. The house has been greatly expanded and modernized over the years, but the original asymetrical structure continues to anchor the corner with Jeffreys Neck Road. Notable are the cellar joists, which are laid sideways instead … Continue reading 80 East Street, the Perkins – Hodgkins House (c 1700)
103 High Street, the Merchant – Choate house (1670) - The building dates to approximately 1670, but the right half may contain timbers from a previous structure on this site which was built in 1639. That simple story and a half cottage is believed to have been built by William Merchant who arrived in Ipswich with John Winthrop and the first settlers. The section on the left was added in 1672.
6 Water Street, the Preston – Foster house (1690) - Ipswich deeds list the transfer of a house at this location from Roger Preston to Reginald Foster in 1657, but the date of construction is believed to be about 1690, based on the timber-frame construction. Small-beaded chamfering in the second-story framing is typical of about 1730.
1 Turkey Shore Road, the Burnham-Patch-Day house (1730) - The Burnham-Patch House at 1 Turkey Shore Road in Ipswich has one of the original covenants established with the Ipswich Historical Commission. It is believed to have been built in 1730 based on the early Georgian paneling, but in the book “Something to Preserve” it is described as “much more difficult to date than the Heard-Lakeman dwelling” … Continue reading 1 Turkey Shore Road, the Burnham-Patch-Day house (1730)
2 Turkey Shore, the Heard – Lakeman House (1776) - The Heard-Lakeman House at 2 Turkey Rd. in Ipswich, built in 1776, is one of the original 14 houses with Historical Committee covenants. The book “Something to Preserve” describes it as “a typical center-chimney dwelling of the mid-eighteenth century.” The interior contains fine raised-field paneling and a handsome Georgian stairway with turned balustrade. A very … Continue reading 2 Turkey Shore, the Heard – Lakeman House (1776)
88 County Road, the Col. Nathaniel Wade House (1727) - The Nathaniel Wade House at 88 County Road in Ipswich is one of the original 16 houses that have preservation agreements (“covenants”) with the Ipswich Historical Commission. The house was built in 1727 by Captain Thomas Wade. The Wade brothers, Jonathan and Thomas, owned nearly, if not all, the land in the area from Argilla … Continue reading 88 County Road, the Col. Nathaniel Wade House (1727)
168 Argilla Road, the Tilton-Smith house (c 1720) - The “Tilton-Smith House” at 168 Argilla Road in Ipswich was awarded the 1999 Mary P. Conley award. Built circa 1720 by Abraham Tilton Jr., a 1998 fire took away much of its original frame, but the owner totally rebuilt the home with attention to historical detail and authentic 18th century craftsmanship. He saved what was … Continue reading 168 Argilla Road, the Tilton-Smith house (c 1720)
57 North Main Street, the Day-Dodge House (1737) - The unusual double house has two entrances and asymmetrical bays. The corner at North Main and East Street is the oldest section. This house is protected by a preservation agreement.

Other preservation agreements

419 Linebrook Road, Ipswich MA, the Eliza Perley house 419 Linebrook Rd., the Eliza Howe Perley house (1840) - The house at 419 Linebrook Road in Ipswich was constructed c. 1840 by William Perkins Perley shortly after his marriage to Eliza Howe. The land belonged to his father-in-law, Aaron Howe. The house was described as “beautiful of situation” and picturesque. Mrs. and Mrs. Perley were divorced in about 1845. Eliza H. Perley acceded to … Continue reading 419 Linebrook Rd., the Eliza Howe Perley house (1840)
30 South Main Street, the Old Town Hall (1833) - The Old Town Hall building at 30 Main Street in Ipswich is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the South Green National Historic District (9/17/1980). For 180 years the massive Greek Revival building has stood at the corner of Elm Street and South Main Street. The Unitarian Church built it … Continue reading 30 South Main Street, the Old Town Hall (1833)
52 Jeffreys Neck Road, Shatswell Planters Cottage (c 1646) - The Shatswell family is one of the earliest to arrive in Ipswich. A small building that was moved to the Collins-Lord property on Jeffreys Neck Road is believed to have been the original planters cottage of John Shatswell or his son Richard. It may have been built as early as 1646, in which case it would be … Continue reading 52 Jeffreys Neck Road, Shatswell Planters Cottage (c 1646)
26 East Street, the John Staniford – Polly Dole-John Updike house (1687-1720) - Some part of this house may have been constructed in 1687 for Deacon John Staniford and his wife Margaret.
38 North Main Street, the Old Post Office (1763) - The Old Post Office at 38 North Main Street was built in 1763 and is part of the historic Dr. John Manning property. Probably originally built as a barn or warehouse, it became the post office in 1790. This building also served as the shop of Daniel Rogers, a master gold and silversmith who later moved to Newport RI.
29 North Main Street, the Odd Fellows Building (1817) - The Odd Fellows Hall at 29 North Main Street in Ipswich was built in 1817 as a Probate Court and Registry. Thomas Franklin Waters recorded the history of this building in Volume II of Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony: “Nathaniel Lord,”Squire Lord” as he was familiarly known, came to the office of Register and served … Continue reading 29 North Main Street, the Odd Fellows Building (1817)
1 South Green, the Whipple House (1677) - The oldest part of the house dates to 1677 when Captain John Whipple constructed a townhouse near the center of Ipswich. The house had fallen into serious disrepair in the early 20th Century but was saved from destruction, moved through town and over the Choate bridge to its current location on South Green, and restored to its 1683 appearance. The original frame of oak, chestnut, and tamarack is largely intact.
The Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main Street - The Heard House at 59 South Main Street, near the South Green, was purchased by the Ipswich Historical Society from the Heard family in 1939. With the additional space, the Society was able to expand its program to showcase later centuries of Ipswich history including a collection of works by the nineteenth century “Ipswich Painters, … Continue reading The Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main Street
391 Linebrook Road, Linebrook Parish Church (1848) - The Linebrook Parish was incorporated in 1746 by an act of the Massachusetts Legislature as a “parish,” a region served by a particular church and its pastor. The building was originally located nearby on Leslie Road in Rowley. It was dismantled and re-erected on the new site in 1828. The building was taken down and the … Continue reading 391 Linebrook Road, Linebrook Parish Church (1848)
52 Jeffreys Neck Rd. Ipswich Ross Tavern 52 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ross Tavern – Lord Collins house (c 1690) - The Ross Tavern, also known as the Lord-Collins House, is now located at Strawberry Hill on the former Wendell Estate on Jeffreys Neck Road. The structure was built in about 1690 in downtown Ipswich. In 1735 it was moved to the south-east side of the Choate Bridge where it remained until 1940 when it was … Continue reading 52 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ross Tavern – Lord Collins house (c 1690)
3 Hovey Street, the John Kendrick house (1665) - Built in 1665, the John Kendrick House at 3 Hovey St. in Ipswich was the winner of the 2002 Mary P. Conley award. (Also spelled Kenrick, Kendricks). The architect for the renovation was OLSON LEWIS + Architects. This house is protected by a preservation agreement between the owners and the Ipswich Historical Commission. Protected elements … Continue reading 3 Hovey Street, the John Kendrick house (1665)
67 Turkey Shore Road, the Stephen Boardman house (1720) - This house is named for Stephen Boardman, the son of Thomas Boardman and Sarah Langley. He and his wife Elizabeth Cogswes moved to Stratham, NH where he made a name for himself as a vocal supporter of the American revolution.The wide pine board floors in the house are original, and 4 restored fireplaces share a central chimney.
7 South Village Green, the Col. John Baker House (1761) - The land on which this house sits was given to Nathaniel Rogers, the second minister in Ipswich. Daniel Rogers sold the Rogers homestead to John Baker in 1761 (110:94), and Baker built the present house. The house has much original material, including Georgian paneling. Col. John Baker took an active part in the leadership of … Continue reading 7 South Village Green, the Col. John Baker House (1761)
69 S. Main Street, the Samuel Dutch house (b 1733) - Samuel Dutch bought this land in 1723 and built this house by 1733. The main (front) portion of the house facing the street appears to have been modified and enlarged with a third floor and a hip roof during in the early 19th Century. The rear wing has a chamfered summer beam, suggesting that it was an older house already on the lot, was moved to this location, or that framing from an older house was used in the addition.
52 N. Main Street, the Treadwell – Hale house (1799) - The building has been used in the past as a general store and currently as a single family home. The Ipswich assessors site lists the construction date as 1759, but it is believed to have been built after the land was sold to Nathaniel Treadwell 3rd on Feb. 8, 1799. The Ipswich Historical Commission named this … Continue reading 52 N. Main Street, the Treadwell – Hale house (1799)
100 High Street, the Joseph Fowler house (1720 – 1756) - Joseph Fowler, a carpenter bought the lot in 1720. Records indicate that a house may have existed before Fowler obtained it. The house has a 1-1/2 story, gambrel roof with a central chimney and exposed “gunstock” posts.
37 High Street, Lord – Baker House (1720) - The house is believed to have been built by Robert Lord III in 1720. The property continued in the Lord family until 1775, when Samuel Baker, felt-maker and hatter, purchased it. This early 2nd period house is protected by a preservation agreement between the owners and the Ipswich Historical Commission.
16 East Street, the Lakeman-Johnson house (c 1840) - Description by Historic New England On March 29 of 1837, mariner Richard Lakeman purchased the empty plot of land on which the Lakeman-Johnson House now stands from John Newmarch. The house was built sometime between the land purchase in 1837 and the sale of the property in 1846 when Lakeman sold the land “with the … Continue reading 16 East Street, the Lakeman-Johnson house (c 1840)
18 East Street, the Dodge house (1725) - The Dodge House at 18 East St. was built in 1725 and is a 2nd Period 2-story house protected by a preservation agreement between the owners and the town of Ipswich.
Baker Newman house, East St. Ipswich MA 14 East Street, the Baker – Newman house (1725) - John Baker was granted a section of the land extending down East Street to Spring Street, originally granted to Rev. Cobbet. His son John Baker Jr. sold eight acres with buildings including land on the hillside to Nathaniel Jones Jr. in 1742. Jones sold the northwest end of the property to George Newman Jr., a weaver.
Candlewood Rd. house, Ipswich MA 59 Candlewood Road, the Jeremiah Kinsman house (1752) - According to family tradition, Stephen Kinsman built the house  at 59 Candlewood Rd. in 1752. He bequeathed to his son Jeremiah “all my lands in Walker’s Swamp with the dwelling house and buildings thereon, recorded Dec.27, 1756,  by which time Jeremiah and his wife Sara Harris were living in it. Illustration from Candlewood, an Ancient … Continue reading 59 Candlewood Road, the Jeremiah Kinsman house (1752)
10 County Street, the Dennis – Dodge House (1740) - The 1740 Dennis-Dodge house was owned by Captain John Dennis, whose father Thomas Dennis was a renowned woodworker and owned a home across the street. A succession of Dennis family members retained this property.Captain Ignatius Dodge (1816 - 1901) inherited the house. In the early 1800's, Eunice Hale maintained a school in the building.
13 High Street, the Joseph Willcomb house (1669) - The Joseph Willcomb house was built by John Edwards, a tailor, who acquired this property in 1668 (3:81) and built this house in the same year. He was one of several townspeople appointed to the office of Tithingman by the Selectmen and instructed “to inspect disorderly persons, and to present the names of single persons … Continue reading 13 High Street, the Joseph Willcomb house (1669)
3 High Street, the John Gaines house (1725) - The John Gaines house at 3 High St. is a 1725 building remodeled in 1806 with Federal trim. The Gaines family in Ipswich are famous for the chairs they produced. The home also served for over one hundred years as the Episcopal rectory.This house has a preservation agreement with the Ipswich Historical Commission.
1 High Street, the Nathaniel Rogers Old Manse (1727) - The house was constructed for the Rev. Nathaniel Rogers in 1727 by Ipswich cabinet-maker, Capt. Abraham Knowlton. In the early 1900's the building was known as "ye Olde Burnham Inn". This house is protected by a preservation agreement with the Ipswich Historical Commission.
Dr. John Manning house, North Main Street, Ipswich 36 North Main Street, the John Manning house (1769) - This house was built in 1769 by Doctor John Manning. It has one of the first preservation agreements in Ipswich, created by the Ipswich Heritage Trust. Dr. Manning was also an inventor and built an unsuccessful wind-driven woolen mill on the site of the present Caldwell Block next to the Choate Bridge. His second mill at the Willowdale Dam was more successful.
The Benjamin Grant house, County Street in Ipswich MA 47 County Street, the Benjamin Grant house (1723) - The Benjamin Grant House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.The front of the house is slightly asymmetrical, suggesting that it might have been originally built as a half house. Benjamin Grant was born in 1701 in Ipswich to Robert and Mary Grant, who had emigrated to Ipswich from England. Benjamin married Anne Perkins in 1722, and was killed in the French and Indian War in 1756.
Matthew Perkins house, 8 East Street, built in 1709 8 East Street, the Captain Matthew Perkins house (1701) - The Captain Matthew Perkins House at 8 East St. in Ipswich was the winner of the 1991 Mary Conley Award. The land on which the house sits was at one time part of an orchard lot and was sold to Matthew Perkins, a weaver and soldier, by Major Francis Wainwright in 1701. The 1st period 2-story structure has post-medieval overhangs front and side.
2 North Main Street, the John Appleton house (1707) - Colonel John Appleton built this house in 1707. In 1962 the Appleton House was purchased by Exxon, which intended to build a gas station on the site. The Ipswich Heritage Trust was formed to save the house, the first major preservation action in Ipswich.
41 Turkey Shore Road, the Howard – Arthur Wesley Dow House (1680) - This house was built in 1680 by William Howard on land that he purchased from Thomas Emerson. From 1891 to 1906 Arthur Wesley Dow and his wife Minnie Pearson ran the Ipswich Summer School of Art in the house.
Ipswich Visitor Center, 36 South Main St.(1820) - Just past the Choate Bridge on South Main Street The Ipswich Visitor Center is located in the Hall – Haskell House, sometimes called the “Little Red House.” Earlier structures stood at this site before mariner Charles Hall and his wife bought the property in 1819. In 1820 they built this house, where they lived upstairs and … Continue reading Ipswich Visitor Center, 36 South Main St.(1820)
19 North Main Street, Thomas Manning house (1799) - This house was built by John Heard for his daughter in 1799. Dr. Thomas Manning and other members of his family lived in the house until 1858, when it became a parsonage. This house is protected by a preservation agreement between the owners and the Ipswich Historical Commission. Protected elements include: Exterior front and side … Continue reading 19 North Main Street, Thomas Manning house (1799)

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