Intersection of Jones Road and Maple Street

Looking toward Jones Road from Northrop Street

Jones Road

    Building fieldstone curbs on Inman Street. The house
    at the end of the street is on Lower Jones Road.

Inman Street

    Hopedale History
    June 1, 2018
    No. 349
    Jones Road Developments

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    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
    years later.

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                                          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
    Nomination, 2001

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