Alden - Chisholm House

1433 Vernon St

1855

Architectural Style

Greek Revival

Significance

Architecture

Use Type

Single Family Dwelling House

Neighborhood

Massachusetts Historical Commission Report

Architectural Significance

Part of Bridgewater's collection of well crafted Greek Revival L-plan cottages, #1433 Vernon Street's main facade is located in the center of the south facade rather than the side hall plan fashion on the street facing gable. Particularly noteworthy is its front door's classicized enframements including Doric pilasters and heavy entablature. Both the main block and south wing have Doric corner pilasters. This house is enclosed by a gable roof with return eaves. Its south wing abuts a barn/garage.

Historical Significance

Built c. 1855, this crisply detailed Greek Revival house may occupy the lot of an earlier house owned by a W. Pratt (indicated on the 1830 map). The 1852 map does not indicate a house on this site and the extreme southern position of Vernon St. is "off the map" on the 1857 map. By the mid 1870s Charlie Alden, book agent, lived here. By the early 1900s George Chisholm, farmer, owned this property. He also owned an ice house which was located on a pond, to the north of Green Street.