Sprague, F. A. House

81 Grove St

1850

Architectural Style

Italianate

Significance

Architecture

Use Type

Single Family Dwelling House

Neighborhood

Bridgewater Town Center

Massachusetts Historical Commission Report

Architectural Significance

This house is significant as one of the more architecturally ambitious examples of the Italianate style in Bridgewater. Possessing an L-shaped plan, it rises 2 1/2 stories to a steeply pitched gable roof with deep, overhanging eaves and large scroll brackets. Tall windows open on to the front porch which faces a mid 19th c. semi-circular driveway.

Historical Significance

This house was built in 1850 for Fisher A. Sprague. In August, 1850 he paid Abram Washburn 2nd $600.00 for this lot. Mr. Sprague's widow Saba lived here until c. 1875 and a Mrs. C. C. Sprague is listed as this house's owner in 1879. Deeds and directories do not provide information regarding Mr. Sprague's occupation. By the early 1900s Samuel Pearly Gates owned this property (in addition to the Queen Anne house, now located across the street at the corner of Cedar and Grove Sts.). He owned a controlling a number of Directorships and Trusteeships. (See Samuel Pearly Gates House).