This house does not appear on the 1854 map of Ipswich, but by the time of the 1872 map, the house was in place and Levi L. Howe, a farmer, was in residence. The Howe family owned the house until 1953.
Ipswich has very few Gothic Revival cottages, and the Howe House is perhaps the finest example. Like most 19th century houses in town, the house is fairly conservative in its expression of the style, employing label moldings above the windows and two steeply pitched facade gables. In the bold denticular cornice the house shows a relationship to the classically derived styles more commonly seen in Ipswich. (–Margaret E. Welden for the Ipswich Historical Commission, 1978)
Ken Savoie lived in the house, restored its appearance, and was the winner of the 1992 Mary Conley award.
Levi Howe was the son of Isaiah Howe and Abigail Penniman, born Aug 1831, in Brookfield MA, and died July 1907 in Ipswich. He married Mary Kimball, who was born Dec 1837 in Ipswich, and died after 1930. They had three children, Thomas Alvin Howe, Elizabeth W. Howe, and Frank H. Howe.