The Pomeroy Terrace Historic District would include all the houses on both sides of Pomeroy Terrace to the jog at Hancock/Williams St. It also includes homes on the meadows side of Bridge St. up to just beyond the end of Lampron Park (which is on the other side of the street). It includes homes on the north side of Bridge St. to Historic Northampton and on the south side of Bridge St. to the post office. It also includes most of the homes on Phillips Place and a few homes on Butler Place. The limits of the proposed district are still being finalized, so even if your home is not currently included is could still be included if it is not too far from the proposed border.
This tour will be led by Mr. Steve Strimer. Steve has a great deal of knowledge about historic structures in Northampton, especially the work of William Fenno Prattt who laid out Phillips Place in 1847. Many houses of distinction in the proposed district are Pratt designs or commissions. Steve was instrumental in the creation of the David Ruggles Center in Florence and will conduct walking tours of Abolition Era and Underground Railroad sites beginning this summer. Materials about the original and proposed historic districts will be provided. Residents are encouraged to bring any artifacts they have and to share stories they know about the neighborhood.
This video is 1 hour 1 minute long and was recorded by Adam Cohen.
Here are documents on the historic district provided on the tour:
Pomeroy Terrace Proposed Historic District – May 2011
9 Short Videos: An Architecture and Urbanism Tour of Ward 3 – Market and Hawley Streets (2009)
Aaron circulated this handout (PDF, 198KB) to guide participants, of which the following is an excerpt:
Historical Style Guide to Western Massachusetts Houses:
Georgian (1700-1790) Dominant style from colonial period. Most typically a symmetrical 5-bay façade with central door. Central chimney, double-hung windows with 12 panes of glass in each sash (these have frequently been replaced with larger-pane glass over time).
Federal (1790-1825) Very similar to Georgian in overall layout, but with more refined detailing, especially semi-circular or elliptical fan-lights over front door. Window and door trim is more delicate than in Georgian examples. Usually features a center hallway, so central chimney is replaced with a smaller one on either side. Windows originally would have been six panes over six, or sometimes still 12/12.
Greek Revival (1825-1850) Inspired by ancient Greek architecture, usually with front-facing gable articulated as a pediment (having either a full horizontal cornice or abbreviated returns in addition to the raking cornice of the gable), sometimes with columned portico. In many cases, corners are emphasized with heavy pilasters. Door surrounds tend to be quite robust and heavy, sometimes treated as an aedicule with pilasters, or as a small portico with collumns. Windows typically 6/6 or 2/2.
Gothic Revival (1840-1880) Popular Victorian style, easily identified by the use of pointed arches or flat Tudor arches (as in Northampton City Hall), and steeply pitched roofs.
Italianate (1850-1870) Another popular Victorian style, inspired by Italian villas. Generally characterized by very low-pitched roofs with wide overhangs, often supported by elaborate brackets. Sometimes asymmetrical with tower.
Second Empire (1855-1880) Common during and following the Civil War, inspired by contemporary architecture in France, especially Paris. Identifiable by the use of a Mansard roof (having a steep, sometimes curved lower pitch, usually with dormers, and a shallow upper pitch).
Queen Anne (1880-1910) Very common in Northampton, and quite variable in form. Almost always asymmetrical (‘picturesque’), with a variety of architectural features, such as projecting bays, gables, towers, porches. Frequently with elaborate and varied detailing, lending itself to complex paint schemes.
Colonial Revival (1890-1940) A return to the simplicity of early American architecture, with increasing attention to historical accuracy over time. Frequently more elaborate or refined than their 18th century source of inspiration.