Corky Row Historic District

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Corky Row Historic District
Borden House Present.jpg
Andrew Borden House, 230 Second Street, part of Corky Row Historic District
Corky Row Historic District is located in Massachusetts
Corky Row Historic District
Corky Row Historic District is located in the US
Corky Row Historic District
Location Fall River, Massachusetts
Coordinates 41°41′43″N 71°9′23″W / 41.69528°N 71.15639°W / 41.69528; -71.15639Coordinates: 41°41′43″N 71°9′23″W / 41.69528°N 71.15639°W / 41.69528; -71.15639
Architectural style Early Republic, Greek Revival
MPS Fall River MRA
NRHP reference #


Added to NRHP June 23, 1983

Corky Row Historic District is a historic district located in Fall River, Massachusetts bounded by Plymouth Avenue, Interstate-195 and Second Street. The district contains a large number of early multi-family mill tenement houses, along with the Davol Mills, the Tecumseh Mill No. 1 and several commercial properties.

Perhaps the most famous property listed within the Corky Row Historic District is the house of Andrew J. Borden, located at 230 (92 before 1896[2]) Second Street. This house was the scene of the infamous 1892 double ax-murder of Mr. Borden and his wife, which led to the trial and acquittal of Andrew's daughter, Lizzie Borden. Today, the house has been restored as a bed-and-breakfast.

The district contains over 400 structures with an area of 96 acres (390,000 m2) and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Historical background[edit]

The Corky Row neighborhood was developed between 1840 and 1870 and represents the second major phase of expansion within the city of Fall River.[3] Largely settled by Irish immigrants who came to work in the city's burgeoning textile industry. The historic district contains dozens of four- and six- family apartment houses, known as triple deckers, many built by the new cotton mills constructed during the 1860s: the Tecumseh, Davol and Robeson Mills, located along Hartwell Street on the eastern edge of the historic district.

Today, the neighborhood contains a mix of residential and commercial uses, including recent developments along Plymouth Avenue, Hartwell Street and along Second and Rodman Streets. The Tecumseh Mill was converted into housing in the 1980s. The Robeson Mills (also known as Luther Manufacturing) were demolished in the 1990s for what is now Applebee's, Walgreens and a more recently built convenience store and gas station at the corner of Rodman Street and Hartwell.

The Corky Row Club, located on Third Street was established in 1938 as an Irish social club.[4] The James T. Griffin playground, located within a few blocks of the Corky Row Club, was named for one of the first to be killed in world war two from the area.[5]

Contributing properties[edit]


Houses (partial listing)

  • Andrew J. Borden House (1845), 230 Second Street
  • Benjamin Kellogg House (1874), 14-20 Brow Street
  • Tecumseh Mill Housing (1866), 300-308 Fifth Street
  • Davol Mill Housing (1870), 367-371 Fifth Street
  • Moses Dean House (1877), 201-203 Fourth Street
  • Jeremiah Shea House (1885), 486 Fourth Street
  • Thomas Gormley House (1881), 825 Plymouth Avenue


  • Giesow Building (1894), 120 Third Street
  • Flat Iron Building (1908), 878-892 Second Street
  • St. Mary's School (1906), 467 Spring Street
  • Neill's Hotel (1899), 255 Third Street



See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Chronology 1789-1892". The Lizzie Andrew Borden Virtual Museum & Library. 2015. Archived from the original on June 14, 2016. Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ A Guide Book to Fall River's National Register Properties, 1984, p.16
  4. ^ "Corky Row Club Mission". Archived from the original on March 28, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ Monuments and Markers within the City of Fall River
  6. ^ A Guide Book to Fall River's National Register Properties, 1984, p.19-49