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.