The J. W. Gould house sits on a small lot that was once owned by Nathaniel Lord III, purchased by Ammi R. Smith in 1820. The 1832 map shows no house between the Smith and Lord houses. The house first appears in the 1856 Ipswich map. Architectural features include Federal and Greek Revival elements, suggesting a construction date by 1850. I have not been able to trace the early deeds for this house.
Thomas Franklin waters referred to this lot in his discussion of the houses on either side, in his book, Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony:
“Nathaniel Lord, by his will made in 1818, bequeathed the east end of his dwelling to his widow, and the west end to his son, Nathaniel Lord 3rd (Pro. Rec. 393: 37). Heirs of the family still own it. The adjoinng house on the west is build on a part of the original estate.”
Phillip Call House, 26 High St (still standing): “Ammi Smith bought a small piece of the Nathaniel Lord 3rd on the east of his lot, December 9, 1820 (225: 219).”
The house at 24 High Street first appears in the 1856 map, owned by “Caldwell.” The house was owned by J.W. Gould in the 1872 village map. The 1884 map shows the owner as “W. Gould and the lot lines indicate it shares the lot with the Phillip Call house, owned at that time by Mrs. John G. Caldwell. In 1910 the owner of 24 High St. was “A. Gould” with the narrow lot that it sits on today.
In 2014 the house was renovated by Windhill Builders and was placed on the market. Shown below are “before and after” pictures. The builder’s site indicated that this is a Federal house built around 1810, based on architectural features, but there is no historical documentation to indicate the early date.