Smith Shoe Shop

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Smith Shoe Shop
Outbuilding at 273 Haverhill Street, Reading MA.jpg
Outbuilding at 273 Haverhill Street
Smith Shoe Shop is located in Massachusetts
Smith Shoe Shop
Smith Shoe Shop is located in the US
Smith Shoe Shop
Location Reading, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°32′18.68″N 71°5′13.19″W / 42.5385222°N 71.0869972°W / 42.5385222; -71.0869972Coordinates: 42°32′18.68″N 71°5′13.19″W / 42.5385222°N 71.0869972°W / 42.5385222; -71.0869972
Built 1845
MPS Reading MRA
NRHP Reference # 85000550[1]
Added to NRHP February 1, 1985

The Smith Shoe Shop is a historic ten-footer shoe workshop at 273 Haverhill Street in Reading, Massachusetts. The small outbuilding is one of a few surviving remnants of the local cottage industry of shoemaking that flourished in the 19th century. These were called "ten footers" because of their relatively small size, and fell out of favor after the introduction of factory-based methods for shoe production in the decades following the American Civil War.[2]

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[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. ^ "NRHP nomination for Smith Shoe Shop". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
House at 273 Haverhill Street, on whose property the ten-footer stands