Leonard, Philander D. House

10 Union St

1865

Architectural Style

Gothic Revival, Greek Revival

Significance

Architecture

Use Type

Single Family Dwelling House

Neighborhood

Bridgewater Town Center

Massachusetts Historical Commission Report

Architectural Significance

Built c. 1860s, this L-plan cottage blends Greek Revival form with Gothic Revival and Italianate elements. It represents a relatively late rendition of the L-plan cottage--side ell-stable house type. Particularly noteworthy is the recessed entrance porch at the northwest corner of the 3-bay main facade. Windows are fully enframed and cornice headed in the Italianate manner. Near the gable's apex is a louvred, pointed arch, Gothic Revival window. The main block gable roof, is more steeply ptiched than earlier examples of this housing form in Bridgewater (e.g. 225 Main St.)

Historical Significance

10 Union St. was built c. 1860s for Philander D. Leonard. Ke was an early graduate of the Bridgewater Normal School. For many years he was a teacher in Bridgewater and was a member of the school committee. In the 1874/75 Directory he is listed as a "school teacher and painter" and by 1903 is listed at this address as a painter.