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What better calling card for a lumber dealer than this handsome Modern Gothic house? In this house, that easily manipulated material — thanks to rapidly developing mechanical technology — provides elaborately bracketed bay windows below braced-hood windows on both front and side elevations as well as picturesque, yet fictive, roof strutwork in the gable ends. In anticipation of his marriage to Anna C. Robbins in April of 1877, Carpenter built this house, which the newlyweds occupied following their nuptials. They lived here only until 1888, but the Salisbury family, who bought it that year, remained here for almost a century, which — with the exceptionally sympathetic two owners who have occupied it subsequently since — explains the remarkable state of preservation that the house has enjoyed. Also noteworthy is the similarly beautifully maintained, intact carriage house/barn at the rear of the house; such outbuildings are relatively rare today.

– 2010 Festival of Historic Houses Guidebook

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