Crehore Mill Worker’s Cottage // c.1840

My favorite of all workers cottages/houses in Newton’s Lower Falls village is this home, a c.1840 dwelling which is a vernacular Greek Revival style home with excellent proportions and design. Toward the middle of the 19th-century, the Newton Lower Falls Village developed into a premier paper-manufacturing center of eastern Massachusetts, largely due to the water power supplied by the Charles River. One of the most successful paper mills in the area was owned by Lemuel Crehore (1791-1868), who with his success, built workers cottages for his employees and their families! This home was occupied by Nathaniel Wales and his wife Abigail (Jackson). Nathaniel was from Watertown and came to Newton to work in the paper industry. He left and went to Canada in 1802 to create a paper mill there, soon after returning to marry Abigail. The home features a full-length front porch with tapered columns, pilasters at the entry, and Victorian-era windows in a 2-over-2 configuration.

2 thoughts on “Crehore Mill Worker’s Cottage // c.1840

  1. Heli Meltsner August 26, 2022 / 12:39 pm

    I suspect that the porch columns are replacements for originally thicker columns, or, there may no porch at all but a entablature over the central door. Certainly the stairs have been replaced, suggesting this last thought.

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    • Buildings of New England August 26, 2022 / 2:20 pm

      Agreed! Looks to be from late 19th century to early 20th century to me. It works though 🙂


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