WORCESTER, Mass. — An 18th-century farmhouse that houses the Oakham Historical Museum and a downtown Worcester landmark converted to upscale apartments are nominees to the National Register of Historic Places.
William F. Galvin, secretary of the state, announced Thursday that the Fobes-O’Donnell House at 1221 Old Turnpike Road in Oakham and the Osgood Bradley Building at 18 Grafton St. in Worcester have been nominated for National Register status.
The Fobes-O’Donnell House was built in the early 1770s and is an early surviving dwelling from the first period of Oakham’s settlement. In the early 19th century the house served as the town’s first post office. The Oakham Historical Museum now calls it home.
The Osgood Bradley Building, next to Worcester’s Union Station, is an early 20th-century commercial and industrial building that was recently rehabilitated for use as an upscale apartment complex for students and is now called the Edge at Union Station. During the city’s industrial heyday the building’s tenants produced bicycles, optical lenses, shoes, textiles and wire goods, and the building once housed a restaurant, barbershop and bowling alley.
The National Register is the nation’s official listing of significant historic resources. More than 70,000 properties in Massachusetts are listed. The Massachusetts Historical Commission, part of the secretary of state’s office, administers the program in Massachusetts.
Nominations are submitted to the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., which makes the final decision on designation to the National Register.
Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com