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Shoe Co.

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7. Original owner (if known) Original use subsequent

uses (if any) and dates

see

below

8. Themes (check as many as applicable) Aboriginal Agricultural Architectural The Arts Commerce Communication Community development 9. Historical

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Conservation Education Exploration/ settlement Industry Military Political

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This building was owned ori~inally

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Recreation Religion Science/ invention Social! humanitarian Transportation

of themes checked above)

constructed as a shoe factory Coolidge. It was

in 1863. and later purchased

The Ornstein Shoe Company occupied this location from the early 1930's to the beginning of World War II, manufacturing women's shoes. 'This firm had moved to N;arlboroug)1from La.wrence, Kass. and employed 200-300 workers. In the late 1930's, a fire damaged much of the factory and stock. The business went into bankrupcy at the beginning of World War II. During the late"1930's and 1940's, Wallace Nutting reproduced furniture on a large scale basis here. His color prints of coun~ry scenes are collector's items today. Between 1947-1957, the building served as a chair factory. In 1957, it became a storage facility and screw factory. By 1960, the building was occupied by Dimension Craft Co .\u2022 manufacturers of space suits for the moon walk. They also constructed models for the NASA space agencies. From 1968-1970, the space explorations came to a halt, as did Dimension Craft. 'I'he structure is currently owned by 'ivaysideIndustries. A section of the building is operating as an antique warehouse, serving dealers and retail cust~mers.

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etc.)

references

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deeds,

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records,

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INV ENTORY FORM CONTINUATION SHEET Massachusetts Historical Commission 80 Boylston Street Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Community Marlborough

Property T..A. Coolidge Shoe Co. Area(s) C

Form No. 118

Additional information by Anne Forbes, consultant to Marlborough Historical Commission, 3/31/94: ASSESSOR'S # 69-318 ARCHITECTURAL DESCRIPTION, cont. Since t.he 1979 inventory form was written, this factory has been radically altered to a multi-unit

Map evidence indicates that this property was once about twice as large, and initially included the large double-house house next door at #49/51 Howland, where Mr. Coolidge himself lived for many years. HISTORICAL NARRATIV E, cont. Timothy Coolidge, the son of a Natick shoemaker, came to Marlborough in 1857 and immediately

In 1894 the Coolidge company was bought out by S.H. Howe, and it became the fourth Howe factory

During the time that Wallace Nutting produced his reproduction furniture here, the business was known as the Cook Chair factory; after that, the building was occupied by the c. P. Killian Company.

SEE ATfACHED

PHOTOGRAPH

(1994)

BIBLIOGRAPHY, cont. Hurd, D. Hamilton. History of Middlesex County, Mass. 1890.. Maps and atlases: Beers, 1875: Bailey & Hazen, 1878; Walker, 1889; Sanborn maps.

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INVENTORY FORM CONTINUATION

SHEET

Massachusetts Historical Commission 80 Boylston Street Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Community Marlborough

Property T..A. Coolidge Shoe Co. Area(s) C

Form No.

118

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