Robert Allen Cook
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Robert Allen Cook
By Kathleen Kelley Broomer
A life-long resident of Milford, Robert Allen Cook was a graduate of Milford High School. Prior to
establishing his own architecture firm, he acquired architectural and construction training as a
draftsman for a Milford construction company, through the study of architecture in Europe, and
through two years of study with architecture firms in Boston. He was briefly associated with Milford
architect Wendell T. Phillips, from 1947 to 1948.
Cook’s work involved not only designing buildings but also supervising their construction and selecting
their interior finishes. His commissions in Milford included an addition to the Town Hall, and design and
construction of the Universalist Church. In Milford, he also designed Milford High School – now Milford
Middle School West (1900), Trinity Parish House, St. Mary’s School, and the First World War Memorial
in Draper Park.
Perhaps no other architect designed as many buildings for the Drapers in Hopedale as Robert Allen
Cook. His work in the town, from ca.1894 to ca.1916, coincides with a major period of expansion in the
operations of the Draper Company. Cook designed and constructed all types of housing for the
Drapers in Hopedale in Milford; additions to boardinghouses occupied by unmarried male workers,
double houses rented to workers with families, and single-family dwellings for the town’s industrialists.
Of the three boardinghouse additions Cook designed in Hopedale Village in the late 1890s, only one is
known to survive, at Hopedale House, 37 Dutcher Street (last quarter of 19th century). Cook also
superintended the construction of employee double house developments at Bancroft Park (ca. 1896-
1903), Lake Point Group (principally ca. 1910-1912), Upper Jones Group (ca. 1913), and Lower Jones
Group (1913-1916), in addition to designing some of the houses in all four developments. Among
single-family residences, Cook designed the Adin Street houses of Eben D. Bancroft (1896,
demolished, site of 80 Adin Street), the Frank J. Dutcher house, 34 Adin Street (1904), and alterations
to the George Otis Draper house, 11 Williams Street (1910).
According to the Robert Allen Cook Papers at the Society for the Preservation of New England
Antiquities (SPNEA – now known as Historic New England), Cook also designed coal pockets, offices,
hose houses, a hotel, and several other buildings for the Drapers. Two of Cook’s company-built
buildings are similarly styled: the Main Office Building, Hopedale Street (1910 – now Atria Draper
Place), and the Central Fire Station, 50 Dutcher Street (1915-1916). Among institutional buildings in
the area, Cook designed the Hopedale Village Cemetery Tool House (1894), the original Union
Evangelical Church (1906, repaired after 1912 fire, destroyed by fire 1962), near the corner of
Dutcher and Peace streets, a site now occupied by the present church at 25 Dutcher Street (1963). In
1908, he designed an addition to the town’s first high school on Hopedale Street (1887, demolished
1987), a site now occupied by the Sacred Heart Church parking lot. In 1927, Cook reportedly designed
the children’s room in the Bancroft Memorial Library, 50 Hopedale Street. (1898).
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