Hart House Architectual Elements from Ipswich, Mass.

Description
The largest artifact in the museum, this Georgian-style, 2 ½-story timber-framed house was built in the 1760s and stood at 16 Elm Street in the center of Ipswich, Massachusetts, until 1963 when efforts by Ipswich citizens saved it from the bulldozer. The house was carefully taken apart—the frame, chimney, and many other pieces were shipped to the Museum and reassembled.
Today, the house is the centerpiece of the exhibition Within These Walls…, and visitors are able to peer through its walls, windows, and doors to view settings played out against the backdrop of Colonial America, the American Revolution, the abolitionist movement, the industrial era, and World War II. The exhibition tells the story of five ordinary families, selected from many, who lived in this house over 200 years and made history in their kitchens and parlors, through everyday choices and personal acts of courage and sacrifice.
date made
ca 1760
resident
Caldwell, Josiah
Caldwell, Lucy
Choate, Abraham
Choate, Sarah
Dodge, Abraham
Dodge, Bethiah
Lynch, Catherine
Lynch, Mary
owner
Dodge, Abraham
Caldwell, Josiah
Choate, Sarah
Dodge, Bethiah
Caldwell, Lucy
Lynch, Catherine
Lynch, Mary
resident
Scott, Mary
owner
Choate, Abraham
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Ipswich
place used
United States: Massachusetts, Ipswich
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
georgian architectual style (overall style)
ID Number
DL.64.545
catalog number
64.545
accession number
252318
Credit Line
Gift of Alexander B. C. Mulholland
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Family & Social Life
Exhibition
Within These Walls
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History