The Theodore Cogswell house at 21 North Main Street in Ipswich was built in 1880 in the popular Second Empire style, which always included a 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.

photo courtesy Ipswich Museum