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Famous French Architecture
The John French House,
Topsfield, MA, 1675
Updated by Mara French on 7/29/19
The French-Andrews House in Topsfield, MA, 1675, FFA Chart #1
Here stands the French-Andrews house, a one-story house built for John French stood upon this site about 1675. In 1718 it was sold to Joseph Andrews and some time before 1798 it was raised to two stories and the easterly end was added. In the spring of 1693, Howlett Street was laid out as a town way which passed “between Corpll French his house and barne.” The barn originally stood in the orchard on the westerly side of the road.
Here is where Thomas French's son John lived. He was b. ca. 1637 in Ipswich, MA, and died ca. 1706 in Topsfield. Here's an old photo of his house in Topsfield.
Photos below are dated 1987 before remodeling.
The French home of Thomas French and later belonging to his son John in Topsfield, MA, was built in 1675, and probably the second to the oldest standing French home in the country. The oldest French house in the U.S. is that of Richard French in Marshfield, MA. John was a tailor and moved to Topsfield, MA, about 1664. The house is located on Howlett St.
This first period antique saltbox colonial house built in 1675 has been extensively restored. It is considered the oldest continuously occupied house in the town and is also part of the National Historic Registry. The home is very privately situated on 4 lush, botanical acres. Diamond leaded glass windows, 5 fireplaces, exposed beams and brick, wide pine floors, wide paneled wood walls and a wood roof all provide historical ambience. Each bedroom has its own full bath! A separate wing can be used as an in-law potential or as an extended master suite. The grounds are set up for entertaining and are professionally landscaped.
House was for sale in 2006.
Topsfield, MA 01983
MLS ID#: 70431603
3 Bed, 3.5 Bath
3,066 Sq. Ft.
$4,526 Per Month
House sold again in 2019.