Gurney - Carver House

303 Summer St

1870

Architectural Style

Italianate

Significance

Architecture

Use Type

Single Family Dwelling House

Neighborhood

Bridgewater Town Center

Massachusetts Historical Commission Report

Architectural Significance

This is a handsome, well preserved example of an Italianate frame vernacular house. It is composed of a side hall plan main block with cross gables and a 1 1/2 story side ell. To the immediate south of this house is a similarly rendered stable/garage which is also in good condition. Noteworthy features include elegant full length windows which open on to a porch with champfered posts. In general, windows are fully enframed, cornice headed and contain 2/2 sash. At the attic level is a narrow arched window with molded enframement and a "keystone."

Historical Significance

Part of Summer Street's collection of substantial, well detailed 19th century residences, #302 was built c. 1873, apparently for Captain Charles Gurney. He is listed at this address in 1875 as a "farmer." By the early 1890s Granville Carver (no occupation listed during the 1890s) lived here. He worked as a shoemaker during the 1880s. In 1880 he was living at the corner of Conant and Flagg Streets.