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D.M. Rosenthal company and dwelling house Hamilton Street Southbridge Massachusetts
TitleD.M. Rosenthal company and dwelling house Hamilton Street Southbridge Massachusetts
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SubjectSouthbridge (Mass.)--History; Historic buildings--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Historic buildings--New England; Central business districts--Massachusetts--Southbridge; Architecture--United States--20th century; Southbridge (Mass.)—Pictorial works
DescriptionFour story double-fronted brick property, on Hamilton Street, in Southbridge. Carved sign states building was constructed in 1905, which conflicts with the information that is written on the photograph album - indicating it was collated in 1903. A flat belt sign announces the name of the business: D.M. Rosenthal. David M. Rosenthal, also known as Rosenthal Brothers, operated a dry goods and clothing store at 11, Hamilton Street. In the rear of the storefront are four porches. A chimney stack peaks up from the roofline. Retractable striped awnings grace the storefront. This is the only pre-1935 mixed commercial/residential block of its kind in Southbridge and out of keeping with the converted residential to commercial buildings surrounding it. Its height and massing also differentiate it from the other properties along the street. The first floor storefront has been changed only slightly from the original front. The projecting bay on the second, third and fourth stories, enhance the building's urbanity. Other elements of the building are the tall narrow arched doorway leading to the upper stories, the granite lintels and sills of the windows and the corbel table at the roof line. The lower part of Hamilton Street began to develop at first as a residential area in the 1850s. However, it soon became absorbed into the commercial zone of Main Street and the houses along the street were gradually converted to mixed commercial and residential uses. Attached is a three story dwelling with Queen Anne style feature. A rotary-style clothes line is on view to the left. The tracks for the trolley car are visible in the dirt roadway. The E.D. Desrosier & Co. Insurance business is housed in this building now.
CreatorPease, Aaron H.
SourceImage from page 36 of the A.H. Pease album #2
RelationIs part of the photographic collection of the Jacob Edwards Library, Southbridge, Massachusetts.
Coverage42 degrees 04' N72 degrees 02' W
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