Robinson, W. Hilman House

119 Maple Ave

1845

Architectural Style

Greek Revival, Italianate

Significance

Architecture

Use Type

Single Family Dwelling House

Neighborhood

Bridgewater Town Center

Massachusetts Historical Commission Report

Architectural Significance

This Greek Revival/ltalianate cottage's 3-bay main facade features entrance enframements which are unique within Bridgewater—the front door is flanked by multipane sidelights, wide pilasters and three entablatures built out one over the other.

Historical Significance

Built c. 1845-1852, this house was originally owned by W. Hilman Robinson. He is listed in 1870's directories as a painter. The 1852 map shows the segment of Maple Ave. between Springhill Ave. and Bedford St. as an underdeveloped path. By the late 1850's Springhill Ave. had been extended to include what is now Maple Ave., terminating at South St. By the early 1900's John F. Randall, a salesman at Boston, lived here—in 1893 faster service provided by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroads made commuting to Boston from Bridgewater more feasible.