Gurney House

161 Summer St

1920

Architectural Style

Classical Revival

Significance

Architecture

Use Type

Single Family Dwelling House

Neighborhood

Bridgewater Town Center

Massachusetts Historical Commission Report

Architectural Significance

Built during the 1920s, #161 Summer Street is Bridgewater's most stylish and substantial Colonial Revival house. Rising 2 stories to a low hip roof, its 6-bay main façade is dominated by a monumental Ionic columned portico which supports a molded cornice and oversized balustrade.

Historical Significance

This house was apparently built for a family named Gurney c. 1920-1930. From c 1935-1942 a Cornelia Gurney is listed at this address. By 1945 John W. Tarbell of Brockton, brocker, owned this property. This house is adjacent to Bridgewater State College but apparently has no historical association with the institution, despite its "College president's house" appearance. Note: The 1873 map of the Town Center shows the house and shop of S. B. Keith on this site.