The New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians

cordially invites you to

One Town, Three Commons:

The Framingham Story

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Join us as we explore one town’s narrative about architecture, public space, and community identity.

We’ll begin by touring the nineteenth-century buildings of Framingham’s original Centre Common: the Greek Revival Village Hall; the Academy Building, an unusual stone Greek Revival school building; and the Edgell Memorial Library, a Victorian Gothic library built as a Civil War Memorial.  Inside the Library we’ll see the Framingham History Center’s current exhibition on Framingham’s original Shoppers’ World, an iconic, outdoor mid-century shopping center. We’ll finish by caravanning up the road to visit H.H. Richardson’s Framingham Railroad Station, one of Richardson’s largest stations for the Boston & Albany Railroad, which is currently the focus of intense local preservation efforts.

Saturday, April 20, 2013


Meet at:

Village Hall

2 Oak Street, Framingham, MA 01701

(Participants to provide their own transportation –
The Centre Common is most easily accessible by car)

RSVP by Tuesday, April 16

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