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Howland - Standish House

276 Main St


Architectural Style

Gothic Revival, Italianate



Use Type

Single Family Dwelling House


Bridgewater Town Center

Massachusetts Historical Commission Report

Architectural Significance

This is the finest example of a Gothic Revival/Italianate cottage in Bridgewater. Possessing a u-shaped plan, its main block is sheathed with flush boards and features a central entrance with a handsome entrance porch (champfered posts, brackets, well-crafted balcony). In the center of the main facade is a steeply pitched and bracketed gable. In general windows are fully enframed and cornice headed. This property retains its side, semi-circular mid-19th c. driveway.

Historical Significance

Together with certain landscape features (semi-circular driveway, mature trees) this house provides a glimpse of the home of a mid-19th century Bridgwater carpenter. Built c. 1845, the house was built by Robert Howland, carpenter. During the early 1850's it was owned by Mr. Howland and a Job Standish, mason. This house was associated with Bridgewater building trades as late as the early 1900's—in 1903 Herbert Wadsworth, carpenter, is listed as this house's owner.

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