Bellingham Square Historic District

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Bellingham Square Historic District
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City Hall
Bellingham Square Historic District is located in Massachusetts
Bellingham Square Historic District
Bellingham Square Historic District is located in the US
Bellingham Square Historic District
Location Chelsea, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°23′34″N 71°2′0″W / 42.39278°N 71.03333°W / 42.39278; -71.03333Coordinates: 42°23′34″N 71°2′0″W / 42.39278°N 71.03333°W / 42.39278; -71.03333
Built 1908
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, Other
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP January 3, 1985
Chelsea Central Fire Station

Bellingham Square Historic District is a historic district in Chelsea, Massachusetts roughly bounded by Broadway, Shawmut, Chestnut, and Shurtleff Streets.[2]

The district was built largely in 1908, after the Great Chelsea Fire of that year, which leveled nearly half the city.[3]

The square is home to the Chelsea Public Library and Bunker Hill Community College. In addition to its main campus in the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston, BHCC operates a campus in the square providing higher education and job training opportunities to residents of Chelsea, Revere, Everett, East Boston, Winthrop and other surrounding communities. BHCC has operated a second campus in Chelsea since 1987.[4] The campus, located in a former post office in historic Bellingham Square, was inaugurated in 1998 after being housed at several temporary sites around the city. The two-story brick structure was originally built in 1910, but had been vacant for a decade before being donated to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.[5]

The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[1]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Jack Tager; Jennifer L. Herman (1 December 2008). Massachusetts Encyclopedia. North American Book Dist LLC. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-1-878592-65-1. 
  3. ^ Margaret Harriman Clarke (2004). Chelsea in the 20th Century. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 29–. ISBN 978-0-7385-3628-6. 
  4. ^ "Chelsea Campus". Bunker Hill Community College. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rehabilitation of the Chelsea Post Office. 1997". National Trust for Historic Preservation. 10 June 1998. Retrieved 13 December 2013.