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Thomas Lord house, 17 High Street, built in 1658

The Thomas Lord house at 17 High Street in Ipswich features original champfored summer beams, unpainted feather edge paneling in the front rooms and hall, an original saltbox frame, center chimney and five cooking fireplaces with bake ovens and large hearths.

The saltbox roof slopes down to one story in the rear. The front entry features the original stairway and paneling. Typical of many early homes, the windows are 6 panes over 9 (cottage style).  View MACRIS

This First Period house stayed in the Lord family for generations. The lot was granted to Robert Lord who arrived as one of the first European settlers of Ipswich in 1634 and served as town clerk until his death in 1683. The property was transferred to Robert Roberts and then to Thomas Lord, a cordwainer (shoe maker) who built this house in 1658.

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Front stairs at the Thomas Lord house
Front stairs at the Thomas Lord house
Massive summer beams are exposed throughout the house
Massive summer beams are exposed throughout the house
Post and beam framing is exposed in the attic as well and shows the scribe marks that the builder used to match the pre-cut tenons and mortises.
Post and beam framing is exposed in the attic as well and shows the scribe marks that the builder used to match the pre-cut tenons and mortises.
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Existing window

In the summer of 2016, the owners initated a project to replace the window sashes at the Thomas Lord house. The existing windows are 6/9 Cottage style, with no balances or weather-stripping. We have reason to believe that they were installed around 1950. The frames and casings are intact, but the sashes are aged.

We will be replacing them with identical Brosco replacement window sash replacement kits, including modern balances and glazed single panes with energy panels and screens, We are fortunate that BROSCO carries this exact size in cottage style with traditional mullions and glazing. The sashes are slightly narrower to accommodate the balances. We installed the first window as a test to confirm the fit, and it was perfect.

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Window with BROSCO replacement sashes installed

The BROSCO replacement kits are purchased through John Garth, co-owner of Tedford Lumber in Ipswich. We believe it can be a prototype for appropriate replacement of traditional windows in historic houses. The U-factor for the glass with energy panel applied is .42. While this is not as low as the .28 available with modern double pane glass, combined with the weather-tight balances it will greatly improve the livability of the house while maintaining the most traditional appearance.