Edwin Bassett House

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Edwin Bassett House
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Edwin Bassett House is located in Massachusetts
Edwin Bassett House
Edwin Bassett House is located in USA
Edwin Bassett House
Location Reading, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°31′7.57″N 71°6′51.83″W / 42.5187694°N 71.1143972°W / 42.5187694; -71.1143972Coordinates: 42°31′7.57″N 71°6′51.83″W / 42.5187694°N 71.1143972°W / 42.5187694; -71.1143972
Built 1850
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Greek Revival
MPS Reading MRA
NRHP Reference #

84002482

[1]
Added to NRHP July 19, 1984

The Edwin Bassett House is a historic house at 115 Prescott Street in Reading, Massachusetts. It is a well-preserved Greek Revival house, built in 1850 by Edwin Bassett, the first Reading shoemaker to install a McKay stitching machine, a device that revolutionized and led to the industrialization of what was before that a cottage industry. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1]

Description and history[edit]

The Bassett House is set on the north side of Prescott Street, a residential through street to the west of Reading's central business district. Facing south, it is a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure, three bays wide, with a front-gable roof and clapboard siding. Its Greek Revival features include corner pilasters and a wide frieze that encircles the house, and a fully pedimented gable, which is not usually found on period houses in Reading. A single-story hip-roofed porch extends across the front facade, supported by Doric columns. The house follows a typical side hall plan; its entry is flanked by flat pilasters.[2]

Prescott Street was laid out in 1845 on what had previously been farmland. This house was built in 1850 by Edwin Bassett, a maker of shoes for children and infants, a common product for local shoemakers in what was then a cottage industry. Bassett was the first in Reading to install a McKay stitching machine, significantly improving the process by which shoes were made. The machine had a revolutionizing effect in Reading, where the process of shoemaking would become increasingly industrialized.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Edwin Bassett House". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-02-17.