H.H. Richardson in North Easton, MA

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H.H. Richardson did much work for the Ames family, who made their fortune selling shovels and digging tools to homesteaders, the Union army, and railway workers. The Ames' estate was in North Easton, south of Boston, Massachusetts. After the death of Oliver and Oakes Ames, their children commissioned new civic buildings in North Easton as memorials to them. Frederick Law Olmstead designed the landscaping for the impressively sited Memorial or Town Hall and Library.

In addition, Richardson also designed a charming train station and a dramatically boulder-wrapped gate lodge for the estate. All in all, the small town of North Easton contains a most impressive collection of Richardson buildings!

Oliver Ames Free Library, 1877-1883:

Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, 1879-81:

Old Colony Railroad Station, 1881-84:

Langwater Gate Lodge, 1880-81:

These pictures were scanned from 35mm negatives with an HP PhotoSmart scanner. Camera used was probably a Canon T90 or F1n with various FD lenses.