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Pierce Mill
Walter Baker Pierce Mill, Milton, Mass [actually Dorchester]
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 Built in 1872 after the designs of Nathanial J. Bradlee and Walter T. Winslow, the Pierce Mill at 1220 Adams Street is a three-story plus mansard Second Empire style brick building with four-story projecting central and end pavilions capped by peaked roofs and cast-iron cresting. Facade detailing includes decorative window lintels, moulded stringcourses, and bracketed cornice. Segmetally arched window openings characterize the third and fourth floors, and tall dormer windows extend the height of the building's mansard roof. Attached to the rear is a five-story brick building which was completed in 1868 and was originally known as the "Steam Mill."

Source: National Register Nomination form for Dorchester/Milton Lower Mills Industrial District.

Readers' Comments
 From: John Cadigan, Feb. 8, 2006

I worked at the Pierce Mill in the early 50's And was surprised to find, in the lower basement, an area where the chocolate was placed in metal molds to cool by the proximity to the Neponset River. Even on the hottest Summer days it was in the lower 50 s in that area. This was before the advent of refrigeration that sent the chocolate to the Ware mill for shipping. Lot of pleasant memories there.

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Created: May 17, 2005   Modified: February 8, 2006