The Manse (Northampton, Massachusetts)

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The Manse
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The Manse, 54 Prospect Street
The Manse (Northampton, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
The Manse (Northampton, Massachusetts)
The Manse (Northampton, Massachusetts) is located in the US
The Manse (Northampton, Massachusetts)
Location 54 Prospect St., Northampton, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°19′20″N 72°38′12″W / 42.32222°N 72.63667°W / 42.32222; -72.63667Coordinates: 42°19′20″N 72°38′12″W / 42.32222°N 72.63667°W / 42.32222; -72.63667
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1744 (1744)
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Georgian, Other
NRHP reference # 76000263[1]
Added to NRHP October 14, 1976

The Manse is a historic church manse at 54 Prospect Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. With a construction history dating to 1744, it is in part a good example of vernacular mid-18th century architecture. It has also had a procession of locally notable owners and residents. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The Manse is located in a residential area north of downtown Northampton, on the west side of Prospect Street at its junction with Trumbull Road. It is a two story wood frame structure, with a gambrel style roof and twin interior chimneys. Three dormers pierce the steep slope of the gambrel, the center one with a rounded arch roof, the outer two with hip roofs. A square cupola rises at the center of the roof. A 2-1/2 story ell, the oldest part of the building, extends to the rear.[2]

The property's history begins in the 17th cemtury, when it was part of a land grant to Reverend Solomon Stoddard, whose parsonage was built here in 1684. Stoddard was the pastor of the first church in Northampton and the grandfather of Jonathan Edwards, a leading force in the First Great Awakening who briefly lived in that house. In 1744, Stoddard's son John built what is now the rear ell as a replacement for that house. John Stoddard was active in a civic affairs, serving in the provincial militia and the provincial legislature. His son, also named Solomon, built the front portion of the house in 1782; he served as sheriff of Hampshire County.[2] Other notable residents include Josiah G. Holland, writer and founder of Scribner's Monthly, and Dr. Benjamin Barrett, a prominent local politician.[3] The house was purchased in 1940 by Dorothy Douglas, a professor at Smith College, who oversaw its restoration. She also commissioned a series of murals that now adorn its walls; these were executed by Oliver Larkin.[2]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c "NRHP nomination for The Manse". National Archive. Retrieved 2018-04-14. 
  3. ^ "MACRIS inventory record for The Manse". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2013-12-18.