The house at 24 High Street was built in 1810. Historic maps seem to indicate that in 1832 it was owned by Jacob Manning, and in 1856 it was owned by “B. Manning.” The house was purchased by J.W. Gould before publication of the 1872 village map. I would appreciate receiving useful information from descendants of J.W. Gould or other owners of this house.

In 2014 the house was renovated by Windhill Builders and was placed on the market. Shown below are “before and after” pictures.

The J. W. Gould house at 24 High Street as it appeared in 2013
The J. W. Gould house at 24 High Street as it appeared in 2013. Photo from the Town of Ipswich Patriot Properties site.

The following description is in part from Windhill Builders:

Located along the ‘Ipswich High Street District,’ 24 High Street, known as the J.W. Gould House, was built during the Federal Period and has adapted through various historical periods, but was in danger of being torn down prior to Windhill Builders rescue and restoration.

Steeped in history and known well among Ipswich residents, this once dilapidated structure awaited preservation and renovation. The result is this beautifully renovated antique 1810 Colonial featuring new construction from the original timber frame. Interior elements such as paneling, staircases, molding, beams, etc. were preserved, with only minimal interior changes made to accommodate modern lifestyles, ensuring the house’s viability in its current use for future generations. Custom design captures the character of yesterday with today’s amenities.

During the exterior restoration, particular attention was paid to preserve the wide corner trim, typical of the Federal Period style of this house and in later adaptions of the Greek Revival details, seen in the decorative door trim. This house is at the beginning of a streetscape, composed almost entirely of Colonial, and Federal period houses for an entire block – including one of the most dense concentrations of First Period houses in America. Preservation/restoration of this house with an addition of a small addition in a matching style has maintained and enhanced this historic streetscape.

Careful consideration was used in retaining and restoring as much of the original home as possible. As you enter through the restored center front door, with its original transom window above it, you will encounter the original staircase, left intact, and repaired and restored to its original beauty. Updating the kitchen while preserving the historical flavor of the home is demonstrated in the simple yet fine details in the new kitchen. Notice the woodwork on the peninsula, the old fashioned farmer’s sink, and the masterfully sleek finish.
The mantle from the living room was salvaged during demolition and brought back to life. To showcase the mantel further, custom bookshelves, backed with some of the original paneling from the house, surround it.

The large windows and window trim in the bedrooms exemplify the simple design and detailing of a Federal Style house. Ceiling joists were exposed as was typical in early houses in this style. Front door corbels received special attention by a master craftsman who repaired and restored these stunning architectural details. The exterior elements of the house were all maintained – with details that closely match what the house likely had when it was first built.

An early photo of 24 High St.
An early photo of 24 High St.

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