Thank you to the gracious Homeowners that opened their homes to so many tour attendees and made the tour a great success! The The 2017 homes are located in some of Ipswich’s most scenic locations and feature a diverse range of architectural styles.
The Waldo-Caldwell House, located on historic High Street, is an elongated salt box built in 1660. The house is on the site of the earlier home of Governor Simon and Anne Bradstreet, America’s first female poet (“The Tenth Muse, Lately Sprung Up in America”, published 1650). Many architectural details of the first period are preserved in the home including its working fireplaces, paneling, post and beams. A rear addition showcases a modern kitchen with custom mill work built by the current owner.
The Foster-Grant House, built in 1717, sits on a visible remnant of one of Ipswich’s oldest thoroughfares, Anable’s Lane, nestled alongside modern Summer Street. Celebrating its 300th birthday, Foster Grant features 7 working hearths (3 with bake ovens), original summer beams, hand-planed panels, extensive gardens, a separate hand-hewn timber frame studio (a recent North Bennet Street School project), and a just-completed renovation that created a fresh kitchen and family space in the midst of preserved 18th century features.
Situated on the corner of County Street and Summer Street, the Dennis-Dodge House is a stunning example of the 2nd period in American building. Built in 1740, it has been preserved and restored through the efforts of the Ipswich Heritage Trust and previous owners. The delightful stair-rail was carved by descendants of the celebrated joiner, Thomas Dennis who lived further down County Street. Paneling in the front hall was left unfinished due to a “family squabble”. Original Georgian paneling remains in two front rooms.
The John Kendrick House, built in 1665, spans Hovey street from County Street down to Water Street. The home was renovated by prior owners with the assistance of Ipswich architect, Chris Doctor. The priority during the reno was to preserve the historic elements while providing modern amenities and a spacious gourmet kitchen. The current owners recently renovated the antique living, dining and pub room. The house features many historic details, including original fireplaces, Indian shutters, exposed beams and posts and great views of the Ipswich River.
Luna Sea! Reinventing a 1910 Arts and Crafts farmhouse, this property is a marriage of creativity and whimsy. Visitors have compared it to a spa, with its gardens and waters, a fine European boutique hotel with its mix of Shaker, antique and modern styled furnishings, and a museum with its many collections. Inventive painterly techniques embellish the warm palettes throughout the home. Featured are two installed cedar trees, one in the living room and a 28-foot-tall tree in the kitchen.
North Ridge Road
Built in 2009, just steps from the ocean on Great Neck, this custom-built Gambrel offers quintessential oceanfront living. The west-facing home enjoys outstanding views of Grape Island and Plum Island Sound. The rise and fall of the tides provide an everchanging coastal view. The home incorporates an open-concept living area with stone fireplace and custom built-ins, a gourmet kitchen with 3-sided brick fireplace and ocean vista. Beautiful woodwork and custom details throughout provide the finishing touches to a truly unique home.
Jeffrey’s Neck Road
En route to the marsh on Jeffrey’s Neck Road sits the Nathaniel Scott House on Thomas Treadwell Farm, c. 1838. Thomas Treadwell owned and operated the farm for the latter part of the 17th century. The farm “was above the ordinary” and remained unchanged through many Treadwell generations for nearly 200 years. The stewardship of the property passed through several families to the current owners, who have maintained and restored the residence with original fireplaces, ovens, beams, moldings, flooring and perfections for today.
The Upland Road Horse Farm is an acorn style home built in the 1980’s on an 18-acre parcel of land. The current owners purchased the home in 2013 and did extensive renovations, including a new kitchen, wine closet, new office space, an expanded master suite and enlarged front porch. Also added was a horse barn with paddock and fencing and a garden shed. This lovely and expansive property was completely re-landscaped with gardens, koi pond and a large patio.
Occupying over fourteen acres on Castle Neck River and The Great Marsh, this large contemporary home was re-built on the original foot print in 2008 after being struck by lightning in 2007. The home features a minimalist style with spectacular marsh views along a lengthy boardwalk. Built for modern sensibilities with open concept living, it features low water plumbing, high efficiency heating, passive solar, reclaimed wood and natural materials. The adjacent barn was also constructed of reclaimed wood.