Chace Mills

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Chace Mills
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Chace Mills is located in Massachusetts
Chace Mills
Location Fall River, Massachusetts
Coordinates 41°41′30″N 71°8′47″W / 41.69167°N 71.14639°W / 41.69167; -71.14639Coordinates: 41°41′30″N 71°8′47″W / 41.69167°N 71.14639°W / 41.69167; -71.14639
Built 1872
Architectural style Italianate
Governing body Private
MPS Fall River MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP February 16, 1983

Chace Mills is a historic textile mill site on Lewiston and Salem Streets in Fall River, Massachusetts. In 1872 the mill was organized and built for the manufacture of cotton cloth with a capacity of 43,480 spindles. It was constructed of native Fall River Granite in the Italianate style. Augustus Chace served as the company's first president. The 6-1/2 story granite mill is the tallest in the city.

In 1895, a two-story granite addition measuring 310 feet by 120 feet was built for weaving. The company also had a large one-story cotton storage building to the south of Mill No. 2, along the shoreline. The complex also includes two small wooden office buildings in front of the main mill. The mill was taken over by Arkwright in 1929.[2]

The complex was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

In 1999 a fire destroyed the adjacent weave shed and cotton storage buildings, but the main mill was saved, thanks in large part to a favorable winds.

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