Fort Devens Historic District

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Fort Devens Historic District
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A larger building on the former military base
Fort Devens Historic District is located in Massachusetts
Fort Devens Historic District
Fort Devens Historic District is located in the US
Fort Devens Historic District
Location Ayer and Harvard, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°32′46″N 71°36′46″W / 42.54611°N 71.61278°W / 42.54611; -71.61278Coordinates: 42°32′46″N 71°36′46″W / 42.54611°N 71.61278°W / 42.54611; -71.61278
Architect U.S. Army, Quartermaster Corps; Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP June 10, 1993

The Fort Devens Historic District is a historic district roughly bounded by El Caney St., Antietam St., Sherman Ave., MacArthur Ave. and Buena Vista Street in Devens, Massachusetts (encompassing territory in Ayer and Harvard. The district encompasses a portion of the former Fort Devens, including a large number of historically and architecturally significant buildings.

The buildings that are deemed of most significant historic importance are those that were built in the period 1929-39. This building phase was begun after the United States Army decided to upgrade temporary facilities dating from World War I, to provide more permanent facilities at the base. This resulted in the construction of a significant number of Georgian Revival buildings in a rough U shape around a central parade ground. These buildings included dormitory facilities for soldiers, administrative office space, and warehouse facilities. This area is also significant as the site from 1933 to 1937 of an encampment of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and for its association with Congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers, without whose efforts the base might have been closed instead of being upgraded.[2]

The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.[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. ^ "MACRIS inventory record for Fort Devens Historic District". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-03-24.