Keith, Vassel House

21 Grove St

1877

Architectural Style

Italianate

Significance

Architecture

Use Type

Single Family Dwelling House

Neighborhood

Bridgewater Town Center

Massachusetts Historical Commission Report

Architectural Significance

This house is part of Bridgewater Center's collection of well-crafted Italianate houses. Possessing a rectangular, sidehall plan, it rises 2 1/2 stories from a brick basement to a gable roof with return eaves and paired brackets. Two 2-story wings are located to the rear of the main block. The 3-bay main facade1s tall first floor windows open onto a front porch with chamfered posts and graceful curvilinear braces with pendant. In general windows are fully enframed and cornice headed.

Historical Significance

The segment of Grove Street between Bedford and South Street was laid out c. early 1870s. Vassel Keith, a local carpenter, apparently built this house c. 1875-1880. In 1874/75, Vassel Keith is listed as living on South Street near Green Street in the extreme southern section of the town. By 1880 he is listed at this address. By the 1890s Roland M. Keith, a partner of Keith and Hayward (George P.), carpenters, owned this house.