Intersection of Jones Road and Maple Street
Looking toward Jones Road from Northrop Street
Building fieldstone curbs on Inman Street. The house
at the end of the street is on Lower Jones Road.
June 1, 2018
Jones Road Developments
Hopedale in May
Parklands Fairy Walk
Twenty-five years ago - June 1993 - Kim Campbell becomes Canada's first female Prime Minister.
Iraq refuses to allow UNSCOM weapons inspectors to install remote-controlled monitoring cameras at two
missile engine test stands.
President Bill Clinton orders a cruise missile attack on Iraqi intelligence headquarters in the Al-Mansur District of
Baghdad, in response to an Iraqi plot to assassinate former U.S. President George H. W. Bush during his visit to
Kuwait in mid-April.
Fifty years ago - June 1968 - U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in
Los Angeles. Sirhan Sirhan is arrested. Kennedy dies from his injuries the next day.
James Earl Ray is arrested for the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr..
The film Rosemary's Baby premieres in the U.S.
The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy heavy military transport aircraft first flies in the U.S. This model will still be in service 40
The news items above are from Wikipedia. For Hopedale news from 25, 50 and 100 years ago, see below this
Draper Housing - Upper and Lower Jones
Construction of the Upper Jones Group (c. 1913), ranging over Jones Road, and Maple, Northrop, Oak, and
Freedom streets, continued the same approach to site planning and building design seen at Lake Point (Lake,
Soward, Progress area), again under the direction of Arthur Shurtleff (landscape architect) and Robert Allen Cook.
(architect) Bidders were advised to send their figures for road or cellar construction to Shurtleff, and their figures
for building construction to Cook. Cook's correspondence with Shurtleff demonstrates the extent to which building
design and site planning were intertwined. For example, Shurtleff urged Cook to make changes such as
rethinking the design of one of the houses so it would present a flat surface to Northrop Street, and eliminating
exterior wooded stairs for basement access on houses high above the grade.
The project involved construction of fifty-six double houses, not only in the Upper Jones Group (about thrty-seven
houses) but also on Dutcher Street and in the Lower Jones Group on Inman Street. Construction on Dutcher
Street and Inman Street does not appear to have incorporated elements of contour planning. Instead, the double
houses at these locations were set in rows on straight streets as seen in the company's pre-1896 construction.
Cook was to take full charge of the construction as the general superintendent, providing plans and specifications
as required to complete the work. The B.F. Smith Construction Company of Pawtucket, Rhode Island was
awarded the contract to build the fifty-six double houses. Correspondence between the Draper Company and
Cook and May 1913 suggests urgency on the part of the company to have this group completed. At the time, the
company was in the midst of a strike, the first in its history.
Cook's correspondence with the builder in 1914 suggests that for this building campaign, the Draper Company
used plans prepared by the following architecture firms: J. Williams Beal, Chapman & Frazer, Walker & Kimball,
Peabody & Stearns, Edwin J. Lewis, Jr., and Cook himself. With this group of houses, the company introduced two
new classes of dwellings, which differed from the first-class dwellings at Lake Point and Bancroft Park principally
in size and interior finishes. There were two types of second-class dwellings: the six-room house, totaling
between 1,300 and 1,360 square feet of living area per unit, and the five-room house totaling between 1,200 and
1,276 square feet of living area per unit. The plan of the six-room house was arranged so one of the first floor
rooms could be used as either a dining room or a bedroom. Construction of the second-class dwellings cost
about $5,300 ($132,790 in 2018 dollars) for buildings with the six-room plan, and $4,800 ($120, 262) for buildings
with the five-room plan. The five-room houses were not piped for gas or provided with furnaces. Weekly rents
ranged from $2.90 ($72.66) to $3.15 ($79) per family in 1916.
The third-class dwellings also offered six-room and five-room plans. Houses with six-room plans totaled about
1,357 square feet of living area per unit, rented for $2.10 ($52.61) per family per week in 1916, and cost the same
to build as the second-class dwellings with six-room plans. Third-class dwellings with five-room plans totaled
between 1,100 and 1,162 square feet of living area per unit, rented for $1.85 ($46.35) per family per week in 1916,
and cost $4,500 ($112,746) to build per double house. In interior finishes, the second and third-class dwellings
differ in that the second-class dwellings had woodwork that was stained and varnished, rather than left natural or
painted. Kathleen Kelly Broomer, Preservation Consultant, Hopedale Historic Village National Register
Draper Housing HOME
Hopedale News - June 1993
Hopedale News - June 1968
Hopedale News - June 1918