Abram D. Wait, et.al., sold this lot to Theodore F. Cogswell (953:203). Cogswell removed the 17th century house, once the “Black Horse Saloon” and built this Second Empire house at 21 North Main Street in Ipswich in 1880, with a fine Mansard roof. Cogswell was a grocer as well as clerk and treasurer of the Ipswich Savings Bank.
He also built the Victorian “painted lady” on North Main Street for his daughter and her husband after demolishing a first period home on that site.
The Theodore Cogswell house is in the background of this photo from the 1934 celebration of the Ipswich Tricentennial.