Oakes Ames Memorial Hall  North Easton, MA

Constructed in 1881, Oakes Ames Memorial Hall is one of five buildings in North Easton designed for the Ames family by renowned American architect H.H. Richardson. The imposing structure has all the distinguishing characteristics of Richardsonian Romanesque, the architect’s eponymous style. Although the building was originally referred to as the Town Hall, it has served no administrative purpose and has been used since its construction as a gathering place for meetings, lectures, performances and events.

Our firm was engaged in 2011 to perform a conditions assessment of the building and to assist with several grant applications. An external preservation project funded by the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund that included masonry and wood repairs was completed in 2013. Forensic investigation and documentary research, including the study of historic photographs in Richardson’s personal collection, informed the selection of the mortar color. Preparation of a comprehensive needs assessment for the building was completed in 2015.

Spencer, Sullivan & Vogt / 1 Thompson Square / Charlestown MA 02129 / T 617.861.4291 / © 2018 by Spencer, Sullivan & Vogt Architects

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