The Chapel-Hopedale-Freedom-Dutcher Block

    The second picture on this page shows the building erected in the 1840s by the
    Hopedale Community, to be used as both a school and a chapel. It was on what is
    now Hopedale Street, between Freedom and Chapel. In later years it was converted
    into a store (in the basement, facing Hopedale Street) and two apartments.

    The Community school/chapel, the Chapel Street School and two duplexes on the
    block were razed in the 1950s. A little of the Dutcher Street School can be seen at the
    left side of the Chapel Street School in the third picture.

    The sepia pictures were labeled "Political Rally." There's no more information on this
    rally, although some sources have mentioned that such events would sometimes be
    held near the corner of Hopedale and Chapel streets when the workers left the shop at

    The bottom picture shows all that remains on the block - the former Dutcher Street
    School, now the Uncommon Place condominiums.

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    Interesting facts on this 1910 Sanborn insurance map include that the grammar
    school, later known as the Dutcher Street School, had gas lights, while the sub-
    grammar school, or Chapel Street School, didn't have any lights. A 1931 map
    shows that it still didn't have lights. While the Draper Main Office is shown, it
    includes a note indicating that it had not been completed by that time.

    The pictures above are evidently of a political rally that were sometimes held at the corner of
    Hopedale and Chapel street when the Draper workers left the shop and office at noon.

    The chapel, school and library of the Hopedale Community. After the Community days,
    it was converted into two apartments, and a store was operated out of there also.

The Chapel Street School

    Chapel Street School was in use through the 1954-55 school year, but was
    closed when Memorial School opened for the 1955-56 school year. Some of
    the houses William Whitney referred to in the 1964 article above can be seen
    in the birdseye view at the top of this page.

    Note the second paragraph in the article on the left. It seems to have
    been a common assumption that the buildings mentioned had been
    heated by Draper Corporation from the time they were built. From this you
    can see that didn't happen before 1938.

    Thanks to Art Sanderson for the two photos of the demolition of his childhood home
    at the corner of Hopedale and Freedom streets. Thanks to Debbie (Grillo) Robbins
    for the "Centennial paper" with the picture of the Chapel Street School classroom.