Conant, Herbert I. House

96 Main St

1895

Architectural Style

Colonial Revival

Significance

Architecture

Use Type

Single Family Dwelling House

Neighborhood

Bridgewater Town Center

Massachusetts Historical Commission Report

Architectural Significance

Built c. 1895, #96 Main Street is Bridgewater's only substantial, high style Colonial Revival residence. Covered with clapboards, this house is composed of a 2 1/2 story main block and side wing. An encircling porch is located at its southeast corner. Both main block and wind are enclosed by his roofs. Particularly noteworthy is the main entrance with its unusually wide sidelights. In general windows contain 8/8 wood sash.

Historical Significance

Prior to its construction c. 1895, this house's lot was part of Ira Conant's land. Born in Bridgewater January 3, 1827, Ira Conant worked in a dry goods store in Bridgewater and Attleborough, eventually owning a hoop skirt business in Boston. He was also involved in the manufacture of "gossamer rubber goods." He returned to Bridgewater in 1865 to live in what is now the Old Iron Fence Inn on Main Street. His son Herbert Conant built (no occupation listed) 96 Main Street in the popular Colonial Revival style of the turn of the century.