Two stories, wood-frame, cubic in shape with a hipped roof, the foursquare house form was used for some Vermont farmhouses before the turn of the twentieth century. About 1905 the foursquare became popular in urban areas for mail-order and vernacular Colonial Revival houses and remained popular throughout the 1930s. These two houses are unusual brick examples. Mason Jerome Gosselin built them both, sold the first one upon its completion and kept the second one for himself, a common practice in the building trades. The first foursquare is built of local red brick and has a smaller front porch and stoop than Gosselin's house, which is built of Wisconsin cream brick, has a full-front porch, and an exterior side chimney to provide a living room fire-place.
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