Joseph Temple House

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Joseph Temple House
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Joseph Temple House
Joseph Temple House is located in Massachusetts
Joseph Temple House
Location Reading, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°31′25″N 71°6′33″W / 42.52361°N 71.10917°W / 42.52361; -71.10917Coordinates: 42°31′25″N 71°6′33″W / 42.52361°N 71.10917°W / 42.52361; -71.10917
Built 1872
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Second Empire
Governing body Private
MPS Reading MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP July 19, 1984


The Joseph Temple House is a historic house at 42 Chute Street in Reading, Massachusetts. The Second Empire wood frame house was built in 1872 by Joseph Temple, owner of locally prominent necktie manufacturer. The mansard roof features deep eaves with decorative brackets, and its windows are topped by dentiled cornices.[2]

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1]

History of Joseph Stow Temple[edit]

Joseph S. Temple's ancestry can be traced with some certainty to an Abraham Temple, who arrived in Salem, MA in the mid 17th century.[3] Abraham Temple had a son Robert (born c.1639, died c.1676), who in turn had a son Richard Temple (born c.1668, d.28 Nov 1737) who brought the family to Reading, MA. Among Richard’s children was a Jonathan Temple (b.19 Feb 1699, d.20 May 1789), who built the Mark Temple House at 141 Summer Ave. in Reading, c.1753. Jonathan Temple had a son, Daniel Temple (b.Aug 4 1767, d.Mar 3 1838), who in turn had eight sons of his own, among them Joseph S. Temple’s father, Calvin Temple. (b.1805, d.May 13, 1875)

Calvin Temple married a Mary Stow Pierce. They had great misfortune, losing 5 of their 6 children in childhood, including a pair of stillborn twins. These children were: Caroline Augusta (b.29 Jan 1836, d.29 Sep. 1836, aged 9 months), Mary Augusta (b.15 Apr 1837,d.13 Nov 1842, aged 5 years), and Sarah Beard (b.22 Oct 1842, d.20 Jan 1852, aged 9 years). Joseph Temple (b.12 Oct 1839, d.23 Jun 1915) was the fifth of these six children, born at the Temple homestead, located at 5 Salem St., Reading, MA.[4] He attended schools in Reading and Worcester, MA, in addition to Lawrence Academy in Groton and Phillips Andover Academy. After completing his schooling, he spent some years in the leather trade and one year in the counting room of the Boston Journal.[4] After this period, he formed a neckwear manufacturing company, Damon, Temple & Co. with Albert P. and Myron D. Damon. The factory was located in Reading, with stores in Boston and Chicago.[5]

On 17 Jun 1870, he married Lucia Maria Kingman, and two years later, in 1872, built the house at 42 (then 34) Chute St. He would have been thirty-three years old at the time. Not long after the building of the house they had their first child, May Louise (b.13 May 1873, d.26 Nov 1958, aged 85). Three years later they had another child, Lucia Lillian (b.17 Dec 1876, d.11 Jun 1970, aged 93 years) Four years later Lucia Maria Temple died of pneumonia on January 8, 1880, aged only 41 years. Five years subsequent to her death, on 2 Apr 1885, Joseph Temple remarried, to Mary Elizabeth Shepherd. Although they never had any children, they lived a long and happy life together, until Joseph Temple passed away on Jun 23 1915, aged 75 years.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Joseph Temple House". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  3. ^ Rise of the Temples
  4. ^ a b Reading Chronicle
  5. ^ Ibid.