Swift, Edward M. House

438 Summer St

1890

Architectural Style

Italianate

Significance

Agriculture, Architecture

Use Type

Agricultural, Single Family Dwelling House

Neighborhood

Massachusetts Historical Commission Report

Architectural Significance

438 Summer St. is an irregular plan, multi gable Queen Anne house and a front porch with turned posts and balusters. Particularly noteworthy is the mid 19th century barn to the rear of the house which retains original clapboard covering and a picturesque cupola.

Historical Significance

Built c. 1890, this house was apparently built for Edward M. Swift. The 1903 Brockton/Bridgewater Directory lists him as "farm foreman, Plymouth Co. Creamery, house Summer Street near Gammons Hill." To the north of this property was A.Z. Pratt's saw mill (late 19th c.). The northern portion of this lot is labeled Plymouth Creamery on the 1903 atlas. The section of Summer St., near Laurel St., is traditionally associated with the family of Van R. Swift, several Swift houses were located in this area. Van Rennselaer (born 1813) was a turnpike builder (Weymouth to New Bedford Tpke) and held various town offices including Chairman of the Board of Selectment. Van R. Swift's property in this area is referred to in local histories as his "ancestral estate."