Highlands Historic District (Fall River, Massachusetts)

Coordinates: 41°42′37″N 71°9′0″W / 41.71028°N 71.15000°W / 41.71028; -71.15000
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Highlands Historic District
Corner of Walnut & Rock Street
Highlands Historic District (Fall River, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
Highlands Historic District (Fall River, Massachusetts)
Highlands Historic District (Fall River, Massachusetts) is located in the United States
Highlands Historic District (Fall River, Massachusetts)
LocationFall River, Massachusetts
Coordinates41°42′37″N 71°9′0″W / 41.71028°N 71.15000°W / 41.71028; -71.15000
Architectural styleLate 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Greek Revival, Late Victorian
MPSFall River MRA
NRHP reference No.83000677 [1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 16, 1983
Edmund Chase House (c.1874)
Jefferson Borden House (c.1840)

The Highlands Historic District is a historic district roughly bounded by June, Cherry, and Weetamoe Streets, Lincoln, Highland, President, North Main, and Hood Avenues in Fall River, Massachusetts. The district lies just north of the Lower Highlands Historic District.

The Highlands Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. It encompasses over 1,400 acres (5.7 km2) and contains over 300 structures.


The area known today as the "highlands" in Fall River was originally known as the Rodman Farm. The area is located along a high ridge with views of the Taunton River and Mount Hope Bay. After the original downtown area of the city suffered a devastating fire in 1843, the wealthy mill owners and their families gradually sought to distance themselves from the central business district.

The Highlands Historic District contains a wide variety of mostly residential homes largely built between 1840 and 1925. Just one home, the Church-Tory house (c.1750) at 96 French Street predates the major development of the area.

The district also includes North Park, designed by the Olmsted Brothers in the mid-1880s.[2]

Contributing properties (partial listing)[edit]




  • First Congregational Church (1913), 282 Rock Street
  • United Presbyterian Church (1924), 414 Rock Street
  • Temple Beth-El (1928), 385 High Street

Properties with separate NRHP listings[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ A Guide Book to Fall River's National Register Properties, 1984

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