Common District (Wakefield, Massachusetts)

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Common District
Wakefield Common, Wakefield MA.jpg
Wakefield Common
Common District (Wakefield, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
Common District (Wakefield, Massachusetts)
Location Wakefield, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°30′23″N 71°4′23″W / 42.50639°N 71.07306°W / 42.50639; -71.07306Coordinates: 42°30′23″N 71°4′23″W / 42.50639°N 71.07306°W / 42.50639; -71.07306
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Late Victorian
Governing body U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
MPS Wakefield MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP March 2, 1990
The bandstand on the Common (top); the Common District as viewed from Lake Quannapowitt (bottom).

The Common District encompasses the main civic center of Wakefield, Massachusetts. It is centered on the historic town common, just south of Lake Quannapowitt, which was laid in 1644, when it became the heart of Old Reading. The area was separated from Reading as South Reading in 1818, and renamed Wakefield in 1868.[2]

The 25 acre district includes the buildings that line the common on Common Street and Main Street, which include the town hall, public library, YMCA, and several churches.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Common District". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-01-30.