Northampton in Hampshire County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
By the mid 19th century the simple elegance of Northampton's buildings began to give way to the tastes and fashions of a new era of commercialism. William Fenno Pratt, who designed many of the Victorian buildings on Main Street, conceived of the Town Hall as a novelty. Completed in 1850, it combines elements of the then "new" Gothic Revival style with crenellated turrets and Norman towers replete with arrow slits. One of its most powerful detractors dubbed it a building with "flip-flops and flap-doodles." Before its 1923 renovation, the Town Hall boasted a second floor auditorium seating 1000 people. Audiences came to see a prestigious array of performers and speakers, including P.T. Barnum, Horace Greeley, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Ward Beecher, and Frederick Douglass.
In 1910, a young lawyer named Calvin Coolidge became mayor of Northampton, on his way to becoming the nation's 30th President. He is shown here voting at City Hall, with his wife Grace, in the 1920 election in which he was elected Vice-President as Warren G. Harding's running mate.
The Greek Revival Unitarian Church was built in 1825. Its classic, rational
Memorial Hall was built in 1871 to house Northampton's first library and as a memorial to those soldiers who had served the town since 1654. The building was financed through public subscription and town funds. John Clarke's bequest of $40,000 established a library that bore his name and a reading room on the first floor. The collection was absorbed by the Forbes Library when it opened in 1894.
Erected by Historic Northampton Museum & Education Center; sponsored by Pioneer Valley Hotel Group.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Churches & Religion • Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #29 Warren G. Harding, the Former U.S. Presidents: #30 Calvin Coolidge, and the Unitarian Universalism (UUism) ⛪ series lists.
Location. 42° 19.056′ N, 72° 37.974′ W. Marker is in Northampton, Massachusetts, in Hampshire County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street (Massachusetts Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 240 Main Street, Northampton MA 01060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Upper Main Street (here, next to this marker); Pulaski Park (here, next to this marker); West Main Street (here, next to this marker); Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski (within shouting distance of this marker); Cornet Joseph Parsons (approx. half a mile away); Holyoke Range and Skinner State Parks (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Florence Eagles (approx. 2.4 miles away); Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Northampton.
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