Historic Plaques

2Many historic buildings have Ipswich Historical Commission plaques on their front facade. The sign shape and design is unique to our town.

hovey_3_kendrick_1665Step 1: Find your house name and date of construction

Inventories of historic buildings are maintained by the Ipswich Historical Commission. All buildings 75 years or older are considered to be historic. High priority buildings include those built in the First Period (1625 to 1725), Second Period (1725 to 1775) and Third Period (1775 to 1825).

  • To find the name of your house and the date of construction, refer to our master list which is organized by street address.
  • You may also find the information you need about hour house at our Partial list of Historic Houses.
  • If you have questions about the house, purchasing or replacing a plaque, please contact the Ipswich Historical Commission by sending email to: historicipswich@gmail.com. We can confirm the name of the original owner (or traditional name of the house) and the date of construction.

Step 2: Ordering Historic House Plaques

Homeowners are responsible for making the order after confirming the date of construction and the name of builder, original owner, or other historic individual for which the house is named.

penny_signsPenny Bernard makes house signs locally. The charge is $150 plus tax when hand-painted with vinyl lettering. The charge is $180 plus tax with hand-painted letters. Send email to pennysigns@verizon.net, Visit her Facebook site.

Sign on teh James Scott house on Spring Street is typical for houses built after 1820.

Sign on the James Scott house on Spring Street is typical for houses built after 1820.

You may also order signs from Ould Colony Artisans in Maine. The charge for the sign (including shipping) is $72.00.

  • Send the order for your plaque to Ould Colony Artisans, P.O. Box 77,  Wiscasset, ME 04578. Hand wrought iron nails or 2-2 1/2″ screws are provided.
  • Please include your name, mailing address, and correct address for the property.
  • Indicate if there is additional  information that you would like to see on the plaque. Space is provided for up to 4 lines of lettering
  • The plaque will be mailed directly to your mailing address from Ould Colony Artisans.
  • The price is $72 for signs (regardless of size or style chosen) and includes shipping and handling.
  • For more information call Ould Colony Artisans at (800) 414-7906 or by cell phone, (207) 491-3770.

Ould Colony Artisans has a standard shape and lettering for Ipswich. Please specify if you wish to have a specific shape and lettering for your plaque.

Ipswich plaque with salt box house at the top and antique (Timpani) lettering. This style is used by default for houses built before 1720.

  • By default, plaques for houses built before 1820 (First Period, Georgian and Federal) have the salt-box included at the top, with antique lettering. See the Benjamin Grant house plaque on the right.
  • By default, plaques for houses built after 1820 (Greek Revival, Italianate, Victorian etc.) have flat tops with no salt-box house image. See the James Scott house plaque on the right.
  • You may choose either shape or lettering for your house. Please specify in your order.

Standard Size: 24″ x 16″. Option: small (20″ x 14″)

Displaying the historic plaque: The town of Ipswich allows a permanent, non-illuminated sign which identifies a structure or site designated by the Ipswich Historical Commission as being historically significant. Signs shall be attached on or parallel to the structure and shall not exceed three (3) square feet.

DOWNLOAD THE ORDER FORM FOR HISTORIC HOUSE PLAQUES (PDF)

DOWNLOAD THE ORDER FORM IN WORD

Or use the standard order form at Ould Colony Artisans

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