Bridgewater Iron Mfg. Company Worker Housing

7-9 Bolton Pl

1845

Architectural Style

Italianate

Significance

Architecture, Industry

Use Type

Multiple Family Dwelling House, Workers Housing

Neighborhood

Stanley

Massachusetts Historical Commission Report

Architectural Significance

This is a relatively substantial double house which was built c. 1855-1852. Its 5-bay x 2-bay main block features paired entrances which open on to a Victorian porch addition with turned posts and slatwork balusters.

Historical Significance

This house is labeled N. Perkins on the 1852 map—presumably it was built as a workers' boardinghouse. The Lazell, Perkins Co./Bridgewater Iron Mfg. Co. greatly expanded its facilities after the coming of the railroad to Bridgewater in 1846—the late 1840s and 1850s was a time of accelerated building activity in the Stanley section. By the 1870s this house is shown as part of the Bridgewater Iron Mfg. Co.'s extensive residential holdings. This firm began to sell off its workers' housing beginning in 1889. By 1893 the Stanley Tool Co. had purchased the former Bridgewater Iron Mfg. Co. industrial buildings—the workers' housing was sold to private individuals.