Monday, May 19, 2014

1910 Bancroft Memorial Library, Hopedale, Massachusetts

[LIB11031] - The Bancroft Memorial Library was built in 1898 by Joseph Bubier Bancroft in memory of his wife, Sylvia W. Thwing Bancroft. The building is of pink Milford granite with a slate shingled roof. It was designed by C. Howard Walker of the Boston architectural firm Walker & Kimball. The library was fashioned after the Merton College Chapel at Oxford. The library was dedicated and open to the public on December 14, 1899, at which time Joseph Bancroft transferred ownership of the library to the Town of Hopedale for one dollar. It has served as a public library without interruption since that time. The building is listed in the National Register and is part of the Hopedale Village National Historic District. [Website]

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