Category Archives: Pittsfield

Masonic Temple, Pittsfield (1914)

The Mystic Lodge of Masons was established in 1810 in Lanesborough. The Lodge acquired land at 116 South Street in Pittsfield for a Masonic Temple in 1912. The building, designed by Joseph McArthur Vance of Pittsfield, had its cornerstone laid … Continue reading

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Wollison-Shipton Building (1888)

The Wollison-Shipton Building, at 146-156 North Street in Pittsfield, was constructed of Philadelphia pressed brick, with cast iron detailing and plate glass windows and skylights for each of the four stores on the first floor. The second floor of the … Continue reading

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Backus-Park Building (1820)

The commercial building at 4-8 Bank Row at the corner of South Street in Pittsfield has been much altered over the years. It was built around 1820 by William G. Backus, who ran a stove and plumber’s supply store for … Continue reading

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Berkshire County Courthouse (1871)

The Berkshire County Courthouse, located at 76 East Street in Pittsfield, was built circa 1868-1871, after the county seat was moved from Lenox in 1868. Constructed of local white marble, the building has been occupied since September, 1871.

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St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Pittsfield (1890)

The original St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Pittsfield was built in 1832 near to the Town Hall. When Allen Street was being opened up through its original property, the parish purchased land next door and constructed its current church in … Continue reading

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159 First Street, Pittsfield (1876)

The house at 159 First Street in Pittsfield is an example of houses were expanded in the nineteenth century as their owners became more affluent. The rear of the house dates to c. 1850, but the more substantial front section, … Continue reading

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Old Town Hall, Pittsfield (1832)

The Old Town Hall of Pittsfield is a Federal-style brick structure located at 43 East Street. An earlier Town House had stood near here, where St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church stands today. The construction of the church in 1832 had led … Continue reading

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