Crocker, Thomas W. House

30 Maple Ave

1855

Architectural Style

Italianate

Significance

Architecture

Use Type

Single Family Dwelling House

Neighborhood

Bridgewater Town Center

Massachusetts Historical Commission Report

Architectural Significance

Architecturally, the house's main block ranks among the finest, most formal example of the Italianate frame vernacular style in Bridgewater. Its main facade features a pedimented, "center pavillion" and flanking 2-bay wings. The main entrance exhibits a scroll-work hood. Windows are fully enframed and cornice headed and contain 6/6 wood sash. The main block is enclosed by a low hip roof. The rear wing may have been a separate house at one time although its window treatments are identical to those of the main block. The rear wing is enclosed by a gable roof.

Historical Significance

Built c. 1855, this unusually architecturally sophisticated house was apparently moved to this site from an undertermined location c. early 1880s. During the 1870s its lot was owned by an A. Pratt. The present house first appears here on the 1887 birdseye view map. By the early 1900s it was owned by Thomas W. Crocker, insurance agent and father of Rachel Crocker, for many years the assistant librarian and the first woman in Bridgewater to vote. She died in 1935.