Isaac Goodale House

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Isaac Goodale House
Isaac Goodale House is located in Massachusetts
Isaac Goodale House
Isaac Goodale House is located in the US
Isaac Goodale House
Location 153 Argilla Rd., Ipswich, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°39′38″N 70°47′58″W / 42.66056°N 70.79944°W / 42.66056; -70.79944Coordinates: 42°39′38″N 70°47′58″W / 42.66056°N 70.79944°W / 42.66056; -70.79944
Built ca. 1690-1700
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Colonial, Other
MPS First Period Buildings of Eastern Massachusetts TR
NRHP Reference # 90000232[1]
Added to NRHP March 9, 1990

The Isaac Goodale House is a historic house at 153 Argilla Road in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Built about 1700, the house has many original First Period elements, despite its relocation to its present location in 1928. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990,[1] and is the subject of a preservation easement held by the Ipswich Historic Commission.[2]

Description and history[edit]

The Isaac Goodale House is set on a remote lot at the end of a private lane that runs to the rear of Russell Orchards on the south side of Argilla Road. It is situated facing east toward salt marshes of a small tidal river. It is a 2-1/2 story timber framed structure, with a gabled roof, central chimney, and clapboarded exterior. It has many surviving interior First Period elements, including a prominent chamfered beams, and board and batten doors. The windows are reproductions; according to architectural historian Anne Grady, "old leading and glass found in the cellar formed the model for the new leaded glass windows" as part of a 1929 restoration.[3]

By tradition, Robert Goodale moved from Salem to what is now Peabody in 1669 and built the house for his son Isaac shortly thereafter. Stylistic features place the construction date closer to 1700,[3] and it was more likely built by Isaac Goodale c. 1695. The house was moved to Ipswich by a Goodale family member in 1928, its reconstruction overseen by preservationist Eugene Dow.

The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[1] It was rented by the Peterson family from 1997 to 2007. Then, after 300 years of almost continuous ownership by the Goodales, the property was sold to another family.[4][5]

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  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Covenanted Houses". Ipswich Historic Commission. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  3. ^ a b "NRHP nomination and MACRIS inventory record for Isaac Goodale House". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
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