House Profile: George Hooper's Advertisement for Bricks
This house has always fascinated me with its unique brick construction. Although Bridgewater has been a center of brick manufacturing for hundreds of years, it has very few historic brick homes.
This home was built in 1865 by George Hooper, who owned a brick manufacturing company (later called the New England Brick Co.). His kilns and brickyards, which produced over 4 million bricks per year, were located directly behind this house.
Located at 224-226 Plymouth Street, this home was along the main thoroughfare to Plymouth. This striking home would have caught the eye of anyone passing by, like the 19th-century equivalent of a highway billboard.
Today, the Stiles and Hart Company is the only remaining brick manufacturer in Bridgewater. They supply bricks for projects across New England, including Bridgewater State University's campus buildings and Boston City Hall Plaza.