Townsend House (Needham, Massachusetts)

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Townsend House
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Townsend House (Needham, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
Townsend House (Needham, Massachusetts)
Location 980 Central Ave., Needham, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°17′28″N 71°14′58″W / 42.29111°N 71.24944°W / 42.29111; -71.24944Coordinates: 42°17′28″N 71°14′58″W / 42.29111°N 71.24944°W / 42.29111; -71.24944
Area 1.1 acres (0.45 ha)
Built 1720 (1720)
Built by Gregory Sugars
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 82004420[1]
Added to NRHP April 1, 1982

The Townsend House is a historic late First Period house in Needham, Massachusetts. The 2.5 story wood frame house was built in 1720 by Gregory Sugars, a sea captain, for his son-in-law, Rev. Jonathan Townsend. The building has retained little external appearance as an early 18th century house, showing the adaptive reuse and restyling of older houses. It was given a Federal appearance in the 1780s by its second owner, Rev. Samuel West, and was, under his ownership, used as a muster site for the local militia prior to the 1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord. The building has been much modified over the years (including the addition of a mansard-like roof), but many of its older interior rooms have retained features from the 18th century.[2]

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Townsend House". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-03-03.