Ames - Parsons House

136 South St

1850

Architectural Style

Gothic Revival, Italianate

Significance

Architecture

Use Type

Single Family Dwelling House

Neighborhood

Bridgewater Town Center

Massachusetts Historical Commission Report

Architectural Significance

This Gothic Revival/Italianate cottage, with its distinctive, steeply pitched center gable, is a prominent focal point facing the southern terminus of Pleasant St. (on South St.). Possessing an irregular plan, this clapboard covered house's main facade features a central entrance with late 19th c. double doors which open on to an open porch with champfered posts.

Historical Significance

Built c. 1850, this house is labeled Mrs. Ames and A. Ames estate on the 1852 and 1857 maps, respectively. Presumably these Ames' were descandants of John Ames (and Elizabeth Hayward), one of the original proprietors of Bridgewater (1645).