Conant House

182 Pleasant St

1852

Architectural Style

Italianate

Significance

Architecture

Use Type

Single Family Dwelling House

Neighborhood

Bridgewater Town Center

Massachusetts Historical Commission Report

Architectural Significance

This is a solid, well-crafted example of a mid-19th century Bridgewater farm house. Constructed in the Italianate frame vernacular style, it is composed of a 2 1/2 story, central hall plan, 3 bay by 4 bay main block and a 2-story rear wing. To the rear is a well-preserved and similarly rendered outbuilding. The main facade exhibits a front door with a deep hood which is supported by curvilinear brackets. In general windows are fully enframed, possess raised sills and lintels and contain 6/6 wood sash. A small, round headed window appears at attic level. This house rests on a brick basement and displays a distinctive gable roof with deep eaves. Together with 120 Pleasant Street, across the street, this house serves as a picturesque "gateway" to Crescent Street's remarkably intact pre-20th century rural setting.

Historical Significance

This house was built between 1852 and 1857—apparently for members of the Conant family. By the 1870's a Jan Barstow lived here. By the 1890's an FD Williams, provisions dealer (Broad Street) owned this property.