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Beverly, MA

This colonial home was built in the late 17th century. Contrary to popular belief, Beverly, MA is where the majority of the infamous Salem Witch Trials occurred.

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Beverly, MA is also home to one of the nations oldest standing wooden frame houses - The Balch House

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John Balch, the immigrant, came from Somersetshire, England in 1623. He received a 1635 grant for 200 acres in what is now Beverly. Records at the Essex County courthouse in Salem show that John—one of the original “planters” of the Salem area—signed the deed for his property in November of 1635. The tradition is that the house was built in 1636 and passed by John to his son, Benjamin Balch.

Recent dating tests, however, suggest that John’s first house may pre-date the current house.



These buildings were not built in the 17th-19th centuries, however they very much mimic the colonial style of that time. These homes (and the shed) were built with both real materials and integrity. I can picture homes like this being admired 100 years from now the way we admire the great architecture of the past.

This is a sun room edition to a colonial style house. The grid is made of wood and each section of the grid has its own window. Thats 15 windows for each panel. TIme, hard work, and honesty pays off.


This shed is simple yet classic, made with a saltbox roof and cupola.


I hope to get some more historical houses up here soon :-)

Library of Congress

If you didn't know, the Library of Congress online area has a very significant section on historic American Architecture, including a great collection of floor-plans, photos and various other resources. Definitely worth digging up. I, unfortunately, do not have a link handy (I hate dial-up...) and can't really wade through the pre-loading pages to get to it right now. But its amazing.


Hello future members of american_arch! I was brought up in a colonial style home my father built, and I've always been interested in the architecture America has to offer. My father is a skilled carpenter, so he brought me up to appreciate the fine detailing and honesty in old American homes. This community is brand new and the profile page and rules of the community are still being developed. Anyway, I look forward to meeting people with like interests and seeing pictures of some of your favorite American architecture!