Perkins, J. Warren House

137-139 Main St

1880

Architectural Style

Italianate

Significance

Architecture

Use Type

Multiple Family Dwelling House

Neighborhood

Bridgewater Town Center

Massachusetts Historical Commission Report

Architectural Significance

This is a late Italianate double house with a 2 1/2 story rectangular 5 bay x 3 bay main block with a pair of 1 1/2 story rear ells. In the center of the Main St. roof slope is a center gable which enframes a small louvered kenette window. This house attests to the persistence of the Italianate style in late 19th c. Bridgewater.

Historical Significance

This house was built at some point in the 1880s as an investment property for James Warren Perkins. He lived at Main and Oak Streets. He is listed in late 19th c. directories as a foundry foreman at the Bridgewater Iron Co. on High St. Presumably iron workers were tenants of this house. This house is part of Main St's collection of well preserved 19th c. houses which form an impressive approach to the town center.