The photo of the block between Hopedale, Chapel, Dutcher and Social
    streets was probably taken in the 1890s. As you can see, this was before
    the fire station, the gas station and the Main Office were built. A bit of the
    earlier Draper office can be seen at the lower left. At that time Social Street
    crossed Hopedale Street and continued west for one block. The Chapel
    Street School is a bit to the left, with a flag on the roof.  Beyond it, a bit to
    the right is the boarding house called the Park House. The Roper house,
    on Freedom Street can be seen near the top, middle.

The earlier Draper Main Office, on the west side of Hopedale Street..

                               The Draper Corporation Main Office  

    Of great importance to the [historic] district architecturally as well as historically is the
    Draper Company’s Main Office building, 25 Hopedale Street (1910 - 1911). Designed
    by Milford architect Robert Allen Cook and built by Woodbury & Leighton Company of
    Boston, the building is located across Hopedale Street from the plant, directly
    opposite the employee entrance on the erecting shop fronting Hopedale Street. This
    massive brick building, consisting of two stories on a raised basement, is one of the
    best examples in the historic district of the Renaissance Revival style. Thirty-one bays
    on Hopedale Street and eight bays on the side elevations at Chapel and Social
    Streets, the building originally had a T-shaped plan, though the central rear portion
    was removed in 1998 during its rehabilitation for adaptive reuse as an assisted living
    complex. Details include rustication of the basement level, splayed windows, a
    parapet and cornice, and door surrounds, string courses, and oversized keystones
    executed in red terra cotta. The Main Office building remains an imposing presence in
    the streetscape of the historic district and, with the erecting shop directly across the
    street, contributes to the “canyon” effect created by large corporate buildings in this
    block of Hopedale Street. Kathy Kelley Broomer, National Register Nomination.

Police hired for the 1913 strike at the Draper Company, shown by the Main Office.

    Once the back, and now the front, this view shows the section that was
    removed when the office was converted to an assisted living facility.         

    Atria Draper Place, assisted living facility - Corner
    of Hopedale and Social streets - 2008

    Atria Draper Place, shown from the corner
    of Dutcher and Chapel streets, 2008.

Draper Corporation Main Office - Atria Draper Place

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    This view shows the office before the shop on the other side of Hopedale Street covered the entire
    length of that area. At that time, Social Street, as can be seen in the foreground, crossed Hopedale
    Street and continued for some distance to the west.

    Thanks to Kurt and Joyce (Burton) Anderson for sending this photo of the Main Office.That's
    Joyce's father, Wes Burton, standing with arms out. The photo was probably taken in 1960.
    Note the Nixon-Lodge sticker from the 1960 election on the desk in the right foreground.