Capen, Parson, House

1 Howlett St., Topsfield, Massachusetts

Photos 

Parson Joseph Capen House

4. Historic American Buildings Survey Thomas T. Waterman, photographer June 1936 GENERAL VIEW FROM SOUTHWEST

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Map 

Description 

The is one of the best preserved large 17th century frame English Colonial dwellings in the U.S. Gable-roofed, with an oak frame rising two stories and a clapboard exterior, it has the date June 18, 1683, carved on a second-story beam. Parson Joseph Capen was called to the pastorate at Topsfield in 1681 and the age of 23. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, October 9, 1960

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000139
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Museum
Period of significance
1650-1699
Significant year
1683

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