Historic Places

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Adams survived - relatively unscathed - the plague of Urban "Renewal" that destroyed so many beautiful and historic buildings in the late 20th century. A few of our architectural gems and historic places are listed on the National Register:

Anthony House -1818

SBA then and nowBirthplace of Susan B. Anthony in 1820. Today it is the home of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum.

Armory Block - 1894

640px-Armory Block Adams MA"Armory Block, Adams MA" by John Phelan - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia CommonsBuilt to serve as an armory for the Massachusetts National Guard, a role it fulfilled until new facilities were built in 1914.[2][3] After it was decommissioned from military use it was converted into commercial and retail space, uses which continue today.

P.J. Barrett Block - circa 1880

640px-P. J. Barrett Block Adams MA"P. J. Barrett Block, Adams MA" by John Phelan - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia CommonsThe original uses of the building were to provide retail shops on the ground floor and apartment-style housing above, a common feature of buildings of the period. It is still used in those ways today.

Berkshire Mill #1 - 1889

Berkshire Mill then and now copyThe Berkshire Cotton Manufacturing Company, established in Adams in 1888 by the locally prominent Plunkett family. The business was successful despite a drop in demand for the products of other Adams mills because the Plunketts decided to focus on more fashionable fine cotton fabric. The company grew rapidly between its founding and 1900, when President William McKinley, a friend of the Plunketts, laid the cornerstone for their Number 4 Mill. The building has been coverted to apartments and office space.

Hoosac Street School - 1887

640px-Hoosac Street School Adams MA"Hoosac Street School, Adams MA" by John Phelan - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons Built in the 1889 when Adams was experiencing rapid population growth due to the success of its manufacturers.

Jones Block - c. 1895

358px-Adams Jones Block"Adams Jones Block" by Ymblanter - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons Text needed

Maple Street Cemetary - 1767

640px-Maple Street Cemetery Adams MA"Maple Street Cemetery, Adams MA" by John Phelan - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons The 16 acre cemetery is Adams' oldest, with its earliest burials dating to 1760. It occupies a prominent place in Adams, with nearby Mount Greylock as a backdrop. Although it began as a burying ground for the community's Quakers, its use was broadened in the 19th century, and a major update of its landscape was implemented in in the late 1860s to a design by local civil engineer Charles F. Sayles.

Mausert Block - 1901

Mausert then and now(right) "Mausert Block, Adams MA" by John Phelan - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia CommonsThe Mausert Block was built in 1900 and 1901 by George and Conrad Mausert, brothers and local businessmen. Walter J Donovan established his law offices on the second floor from 1920 until 1970. F.W. Woolworth moved into 19-21 Park Street in 1930s.[2] It once contained the Adams Masonic Hall. Today, the building is being redeveloped to house new retail and apartments. Mausert Block website.

Mount Greylock Summit Historic District - 1931

675px-Mount Greylock war memorial"Mount Greylock war memorial" by user:Kelson - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 1.0 via Wikimedia CommonsHistoric structures on the summit are the Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower, Bascom Lodge, the Thunderbolt Ski Shelter. Because of the cultural significance of the mountain and excellent examples CCC period park structures, the Mount Greylock Summit Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in on April 20, 1998.

Park Street Firehouse - 1890

Historic Park Street FirehouseAdams Park Street Firehouse" by Ymblanter - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons Built around 1890, during Adams' industrial boom, to house an engine company of the Adams Fire Department on the ground floor with apartments above.

Phillips Woolen Mill - c. 1850

mullenBenjamin F. Phillips and Peter Blackinton engaged in a long-running series of partnerships, owning and operating mills in Adams. The partnership was dissolved in 1864, and Phillips took over what was known as the Greylock Woolen Mill. His enterprise manufactured "cashmeres, ladies' dress goods, and shawls" in its facilities into the 1930s, although the company went through a variety of transformations, being known at the end as the Adams Woolen Manufacturing Company. Today the building is owned by Mullen Moving and Storage.

Pittsfield & North Adams Passenger Station/Baggage Express House - 1889

Hisstoric-Adams Railway StationAdams Railway Station" by Ymblanter - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons These interesting structures were built along the North Adams Branch of the Boston & Albany Railroad. The rail line is now the Ashtuwillticook Rail Trail and the station is now the home of CJ Sports Pub.

Quaker Meeting House - 1781

Quaker meeting then and now copyQuakers from Rhode Island were among the earliest settlers in Adams. This building was constructed in classic Quaker style with utter simplicity and lack of ornamentation. It is under the care of the Adams Historical Society and open to visitors.

Simmons Block - 1885

Historic Architecture on Park Street in Adams"86 Park Street, Adams MA" by John Phelan - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons Originally built as the residence of A.H. Simmons, this beautiful example of the Queen Anne style is currently adapted to retail and apartments.

Summer Street Historic District

Summer Street Historic District, Adams, Massachusetts"19Summer Street Adams" by Ymblanter - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons The Summer Street Historic District is a historic district on Crandall, Center, East, Liberty, Orchard and Summer Streets in Adams, Massachusetts. The district features a variety of Greek Revival, Late Victorian, and Federal style architectural examples.

 

 

 

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