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Property Name Boston Finishing Works
Reference Number 16000690
State MA
County Berkshire
Town Williamstown
Street Address 160 Water St.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 10/4/2016
Areas of Significance INDUSTRY, ARCHITECTURE
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Initially constructed in 1873, the former Boston Finishing Works in Williamstown, MA, is a well-preserved example of a late 19th- and early 20th -century industrial complex. Operated by a succession of diff~rent firms, the complex was initially constructed during Williamstown's Late Industrial Period boom (1870-1915). The town took advantage of the waterpower provided by the Green and Hoosic rivers to create a small manufacturing base, bolstering the town's employment and industry as well as its population. For more than 100 years, the factory was a center of employment for the people of Williamstown. The factory complex meets Criterion A for its association with Williamstown's industrial history and development. The Boston Finishing Works also meets Criterion C as a representative local example of a Classical Revival style mill complex. The surviving buildings retain integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association, and are significant at the local level. The period of significance for this property extends from its initial 1873 construction until 1966.

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