Monthly Archives: November 2011

Dr. S. H. Spaulding House (1829)

Dr. Stephen Hodgman Spaulding (1787-1866) was born in Chelmsford and studied three years at the Harvard Medical School. As described in the History of Middlesex County, Vol. III (1890): He commenced practice in Littleton, Mass., remained a few years, then … Continue reading

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Springfield City Library (1911)

Springfield’s City Library Association was formed in 1857. After occupying a room in City Hall, a red-brick Gothic style building was erected at the corner of State and Chestnut Streets in 1863. When this building was outgrown, plans were made … Continue reading

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Fisher House (1830)

The Fisher House, at 227 South Pleasant Street in Amherst, was built in 1830, possibly by brick mason Hiram Johnson. The house was used as a school by the Nelson sisters, but opinion is divided as to whether or not … Continue reading

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Wilson Admission Center, Amherst College (1810)

In 1780, Colonel Elijah Dickinson of Amherst married Jerusha Smith. Jerusha’s grandfather, Dr. Nathaniel Smith, had moved from Hadley about 1730 to become the first physician to practice in Amherst. He built a log cabin, next to what would later … Continue reading

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Thomas Bodkin House (1729)

The Thomas Bodkin House is at 6 Union Street in Marblehead. In its earliest form, it was a gambrel-roofed house, built in 1729 by Thomas Bodkin, a brewer and merchant, around the time of his marriage to Sarah Rhodes. His … Continue reading

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74 Bridge Street, Northampton (1866)

Designed by William F. Pratt, the house at 74 Bridge Street in Northampton was built in 1866 as the First Parish parsonage. It was later owned by the Shepard, Parsons and Damon families and was an inn. Today, it is … Continue reading

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Masonic Block, Northampton (1898)

The Masonic Block, at 25 Main Street in Northampton, is a Classical Revival commercial and office structure which, given its name, no doubt also once had a Masonic Hall. Its architect was R. F. Putnam and it was built in … Continue reading

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