Urncrest // c.1875

Located on “Millionaires Row” in Hopedale, MA, a street of homes formerly owned by factory owners and managers, sits “Urncrest” a stunning Queen Anne mansion. The home was built around 1875 for William Lapworth (1844-1937) an English-born weaving expert, who worked at Hopedale Elastics Co. and patented certain weaving processes for suspenders, boot webbing, and garters. Hopedale Elastics was absorbed by the Draper Corporation in 1890, and Lapworth was given a large pay increase. With his new salary, he “modernized” his home to what we see today, adding a corner tower, wrap-around porch, and many Colonial Revival details. Additionally, he had the detached 1870s carriage house updated with a full basement, heating, four horse stalls, and a coachman’s apartment with a bedroom and bathroom. The owners today maintain the home and carriage house beautifully! I can’t even imagine how gorgeous the interior is!

2 thoughts on “Urncrest // c.1875

  1. Alan Ryan June 12, 2021 / 7:51 am

    I lived in Urncrest for almost 18 years. We had her painted blue and did a ton of work to restore her to her former glory. The house is stunning inside. Incredible woodwork including the original carved oak benches built into the turret on all three floors. Beautiful street, beautiful town.

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    • Buildings of New England June 12, 2021 / 8:11 am

      I’m so glad you found this. Thank you for being such a great steward of an amazing historic home!


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