Draper works, 1890 - 1891. Hopedale Street is in the foreground with Social and Union
    Streets at that time crossing it and running between shops and other Draper facilities.
    You can also see the lower pond, which was a bit downstream from Hopedale Pond. It
    was drained by the time the 1901 drawing, a bit further down this page, was drawn.

    Freedom Street goes across this view near the top. Hopedale Street runs from bottom to top
    on the right. Chapel Street isn't shown on the map, although it's almost certain that it was
    there by that time. The street that crosses Hopedale Street below the office and ends
    between the Dutcher Temple Co. and the pond (often known as the Lower Pond), was
    Social Street. It seems very likely that the Little Red Shop was just to the right of the lumber
    shed and had an enclosed walkway that crossed the river and connected to the machine
    shop. The first Northrop looms were sold in 1894, and over the next decade there was a
    great deal of expansion of the works as sales grew quickly. The street that goes between
    the woodworking shop and Hopedale Elastic Goods was Union Street. The Hopedale
    Elastic Goods Co., was managed by William Lapworth. Here's a paragraph about Lapworth
    from a 1931 Milford News article.

    While in Hopedale, Mr. Lapworth was a stockholder and general manager for the company
    11 years but he was constantly in search for an opening to secure a more modern and
    larger plant, to which he could build from time to time as the occasion warranted. He finally
    decided upon Milford and bought up the old storage battery car barns, which he converted
    into an excellent mill that is part of the Lapworth & Sons plant today.

    By 1901, the Lower Pond was gone. Chapel Street is shown on this drawing.
    (To the right of the erecting shop.)The pattern safe was evidently moved a bit,
    or a new one built. In 1896 it was below where Social Street would have been
    if extended to the left, and below the office. In 1901, it's above an imaginary
    extension of Social Street and almost directly to the left of the office. Union
    Street no longer runs to the west of Hopedale Street. Houses on the west end
    of Union were moved to Freedom Street, where they became known as the
    Seven Sisters. There are also several other changes that you can see as you
    compare the two views.

Thanks to Peter Metzke for sending this clipping.

    The most noticeable change in the 1904 view is the enlargement of the foundry.
    Note that at that time the shop wasn't right up to the Hopedale Street sidewalk for as
    far as it is now. It ended between Chapel and Social streets, with the office being set
    back a bit, and the buildings to the south back from the street even more.

    It doesn't appear that much changed between 1904 and 1907, at least to the
    extent that can be seen in these drawings. Probably Draper's facilities had caught
    up with demand for their looms and their other products.

The new Main Office, shown on the left in this view, was built in 1910-11.

    This drawing shows the new Main Office. The passageway under Hopedale Street,
    between shop and office is shown. The building marked "original shop" (Little Red
    Shop) was moved about a decade earlier. This is the first of these drawings that
    shows it on the new location, between Progress Street and the pond.
Freedom Street