North Easton Historic District

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North Easton Historic District
The Rockery (North Easton, MA).JPG
The Rockery
North Easton Historic District is located in Massachusetts
North Easton Historic District
North Easton Historic District is located in the US
North Easton Historic District
Location Easton, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°4′13″N 71°5′59″W / 42.07028°N 71.09972°W / 42.07028; -71.09972Coordinates: 42°4′13″N 71°5′59″W / 42.07028°N 71.09972°W / 42.07028; -71.09972
Area 500 acres (200 ha)
Architect Richardson,Henry Hobson; Olmsted,Frederick Law
Architectural style Greek Revival, Late Victorian, Gothic Revival
NRHP Reference # 72000119
Added to NRHP November 3, 1972[1]

The North Easton Historic District is a historic district in Easton, Massachusetts encompassing a cohesive village area developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, primarily through the activities of the locally important Ames family. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. In 1987, a portion of the district was designated a National Historic Landmark District, known as the H. H. Richardson Historic District of North Easton, which includes several buildings designed for the Ameses by the noted architect H. H. Richardson.

Description and history[edit]

The North Easton Historic District is bounded on the east by Massachusetts Route 138, the south by Main and Lincoln Streets, the west by Main Street, and the north by Elm Street. The largest features of this area are the estates of the Ames family and their former industrial sites, when they were leading manufacturers of shovels and other tools. The district includes rows of worker housing built by the Ameses for their workers, and the former Ames Company factory, located near the railroad tracks that run north-south through the district just east of Main Street.[2]

The district's most sophisticated architectural elements are in its public buildings, and in the estates of the Ames family. Early examples include the Gothic Revival architecture of Queset, possibly designed by Andrew Jackson Downing and built about 1854, and Langwater, a Second Empire house built in 1859. Most notable, however are five buildings designed by H. H. Richardson in his signature Richardsonian Romanesque style, which were designed a National Historic Landmark District in 1987. These include the Ames Free Library and Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, sited on a parcel landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted, the Old Colony Railroad Station, the Ames Gate Lodge, and the F. L. Ames Gardener's Cottage.[2]

Contributing properties[edit]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for North Easton Historic District". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2015-08-27.