Lakeman – Johnson house, 16 East Street: Built about 1835, a good example of Ipswich’s typically restrained response to Greek Revival architecture, otherwise a 2 story, end gable wood frame house. John Newmarch sold this lot to Richard Lakeman, who built the house which was later purchased Capt. Eben Lakeman. The Lakemans were a seafaring family. The housewright combined and simplified various motifs from each example for the Lakeman house. Channelled window frames with corner blocks are another Greek Revival exterior feature. Interior details are characteristically simple and include channelled doorframes with corner blocks and simple mantels. Paneling from another Lakeman House at 62 East St. was removed by Arthur Johnson and installed in the East room of the Lakeman-Johnson House.
The house has an Asher Benjamin derived door frame at the center of its symmetrical 5 bay façade. Benjamin was an American architectural writer whose designs combined Federal style architecture and the later Greek Revival style, a classical appearance popular throughout New England until the Civil War. The frontispiece was adapted from 2 Asher Benjamin designs found in The Practice of Architecture, plates 26 and 28, printed in 1833.
The photo below was taken around the beginning of the 19th Century
Lakeman – Johnson House, 16 East St.