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.  

Main Office on the left, a little of the Dutcher Street School, the gas station, middle, and on the right, the fire station.

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 my HHS classmates 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. With a close look, you can see the Nixon-Lodge sticker from the 1960 election to the right of the man in the foreground.

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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