Stetson, George B. House

15-17 Stetson St

1870

Architectural Style

Second Empire

Significance

Architecture

Use Type

Multiple Family Dwelling House, Single Family Dwelling House

Neighborhood

Stetson Streetscape

Massachusetts Historical Commission Report

Architectural Significance

This is a relatively rare Bridgewater example of a mansard house. Presently covered with modern shingle siding, it features a pedimented central pavillion, windows with Italianate cornice headed lintels and a slate shingle covered bellcast mansard roof with gabled dormers. In the center of this house on the 2nd floor is a round arch window which is surmounted by a semi-circular hood projecting from the mansard.

Historical Significance

Although much altered, this substantial Mansard house reflects the prosperity of the Bridgewater Iron Mfg. Co.'s Stetson family. Built c. 1870 for George B. Stetson, it first appears on the 1873 map of the Town River. George B. Stetson was the son of Nahum Stetson, a leading southeastern MA industrialist. He entered Lazell Perkins and Co. in 1825 and became this iron foundry's manager in 1835. He was succeeded by his son, George B. Stetson, and by his grandson John M. Stetson in 1886. Originally this house faced Broad St. and was repositioned during the laying out of Stetson St. in 1899.