Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1591 Factories in Lower Mills

Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1591


As you may remember 15 Grant Place that was recently the subject of a hearing at the Landmarks Commission was a building related to the Ruggles furniture factory.  Today we see other former factories (lost to history) in the Lower Mills area that may be less well-known than the big names like Baker chocolate.

In today’s detail from the 1890 view of Lower Mills, we see a factory building labeled no. 19.  This was the factory of M.W. Cain and Son, manufacturers of roll top desks and office furniture.  Morton Street is to the north of the factory (Morton Street at that time did not extend to Washington Street but turned and continued along what is now Old Morton Street).  To the left of the Cain factory, we can see a factory with the number 23.  This was the factory of Simpson’s Refrigerator company.  And the second building behind the steeple at the lower left is labeled no. 22 (although it takes good eyes to see it).  This building was the J. Ripley & Son office furniture manufactory (later a brush factory). By 1933 all manufacturing operations at these plants seems to have disappeared.


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