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For 200 years, this two-and-a-half story house stood at 16 Elm Street in the center of Ipswich, Massachusetts, 30 miles north of Boston.

The house was built in the 1760s. During the construction, a section of an older house built around 1710 was joined to the rear of the house to create more space. A two-story addition and one-story sheds were added in the 1800s.

When the house was built, it was a fashionable home for a fairly well-to-do family. A little more than century later, a busy industrial district had grown up around the house, and it was divided into apartments, mainly for workers at the town's hosiery mill. Several families moved in and out in the first half of the 20th century.

By the end of 1961, the house stood empty.

photo of house in situ
This house on Elm Street, Ipswich, Massachusetts, 1963

map of Ipswich
Map of Ipswich, by Walling, 1856
Courtesy Library of Congress

... that when Ipswich got street numbers in 1891 this house's address became 16 Elm Street? Elm Street is between the Ipswich River and Ipswich's South Green. Ipswich itself is on the North Shore of Massachusetts.