James Galbraith sold an 18th century house and 10 acres to Isaac Foss in 1870 (802:115). Foss must have built the Gothic Revival house soon afterwards. Though 1870 may seem a late date for the Gothic Revival Style in general, all the remaining Ipswich examples date from that general period.
The Foss House is Ipswich’s finest example of the Gothic Revival era. The steep front gables on this home shows the influence of a romantic movement in architecture inspired by medieval design, a departure from the classical Federal and Greek Revival styles popular earlier in the century. The vertical wooden decorative pieces reflect the “stick” style of Victorian architecture. Key features include stick work in the central pavilion, window surrounds of beaded recessed panels, and porch posts of octagonal cross-section. The double doors suggest that the house was originally a two-family dwelling.
- T.F. Waters, Ipswich in the Mass. Bay Colony, vol. I, p. 482.