The Joseph Reynolds house, despite alterations and losses, is among the best-preserved early houses of New England. Its astonishing features are a coved plaster cornice, rare bolection moldings in the interior, and a three-story stair of almost Elizabethan heaviness. Despite the vicissitudes of time, it is possible to see here a grand house of the seventeenth century, a provincial reflection of English taste of a half-century earlier.
The Reynolds house followed the typical Massachusetts two-room center-hall plan with twin chimney stacks in the back wall, although the entrance was oriented to the west and to the street, rather than to the south. In the eighteenth century the plan was expanded to accommodate two rooms at the rear of the first and second stories, giving the house its saltbox roof configuration. The facade's coved plaster