This imposing brick house was built as a double residence by local builder-speculators Abraham and Shephard Adams. Responsible for a number of buildings in Ludlow, here they built with an awareness of evolving fashions in Windsor County. This is fundamentally a Federal house with an elliptical fanlight over the central door and trapezoidal lintels over the windows. However, the gable of the roof has been turned ninety degrees to form a broad, high pediment across the full width of the front, and the facade has been treated with a series of recessed panels under flat arches that create the appearance of pilasters between the windows. The end result is as Greek as it is Federal. The idiosyncratic interior originally had symmetrical suites of rooms and individual kitchen wings to either side of a common central stair hall. At the turn of the twentieth century, Ludlow-born lawyer John Garibaldi Sargent, who would serve as attorney general to President Calvin Coolidge, remodeled the first floor, adapting the house to single-family use.
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