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John Johnson house, 42 N. Main Street. Photo by David StGermain

John A. Johnson was a shoemaker who built the fine Italianate house at 42 North Main Street in Ipswich in 1871. Italiante features include the window surrounds and bracketed cornices. The 10 room house has 4 bedrooms and 2 formal living rooms with ceiling medalions, a butler’s pantry, 2 kitchens and 4 artisan-crafted marble fireplaces. The Johnson shoe store was down the hill on Market Street.

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John Johnson house, photo by Gordon Harris