Keith, Ambrose House

240 Summer St

1845

Architectural Style

Greek Revival

Significance

Architecture

Use Type

Single Family Dwelling House

Neighborhood

Bridgewater Town Center

Massachusetts Historical Commission Report

Architectural Significance

This house is part of Bridgewater's small, well-preserved collection of houses which represent an interesting variation on the standard temple from Greek Revival house plan—this house's narrow end wall gable faces the street and exhibits a recessed porch at its southwest corner. The porch exhibits a fluted Doric column. The south-facing front door exhibits an unusually wide classized entablature. Pilasters with recessed panels appear at the corners of this house. This house retains its 6/6 wood sash (see 225 Main St.).

Historical Significance

This house is significant as the work of Bridgewater master builder Ambrose Keith. Mr. Keith lived here from c. 1845-1885. He was responsible (along with Soloman K. Eaton, architect) for the construction of the Congregational Church at Central Square (1862). By the early 1900's a Mary Keith lived here.