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12 Crane St Complex

Visit the Optical Heritage Museum (7 rooms of display)

A look at the former AO Function room with AO Memorabilia
  Stay tuned for 2013 info on the Optical Heritage Museum at 12 Crane St.

Ample parking at new Crane Street complex

12 Crane St along the River in 2004 and 2008


John Ferarra, sculptor with his creation  "Silent Spring: in homage to Rachel Carson".
The iron sculpture is nestled at the end of the 12 Crane building, creating a dramatic focal point.

Front view - Aug 2006 and March 2004 below left

At left (2004 view of 12 Crane St), at Right the Flat Iron and 12 Crane on 21-Feb-07

Glass Artist Shawn Conroy with on of the many artistic displays for Crane St- March 2007

Photos of progress on the backside of the building

12 Crane Street HISTORY - Compiled by Margaret Morrissey

1870 deBeers Map of Southbridge shows W Edwards & Son at this site.
Possibly a distribution center, in consideration of the proximity to the Rail Road Depot.
W. Edwards & Son, Flour & Grain Commission Merchants, Hamilton St., Southbridge Centre

1918 Sanborn Map
Cold Storage Fire Proof Construction; 1915, Advanced Concrete; Reinforced Concrete floors & Roof Tile Curtain walls; Scuppered Floors; Refrigerating Machinery

in 1919-1920 Southbridge and Sturbridge Massachusetts Directory, published by Henry M. Meek Publishing Co., Salem, MA.
Bradley, Leland E (Belle C) Wholesale Meats and Provisions
(house at 8 Edwards St.)

1952 Manning’s Directory
added Frozen Food Lockers to their name

(Atlas Club at 24 Crane Street in 1952)

1966 Polk’s Directory
Hill Packing Co. – managed by Philip Laliberte

1971 Polk’s Directory
Palmerino Wholesalers Inc.
President Anthony Palmerino

1982 Polk’s Directory
Palmerino Wholesalers Inc. - Candy, Tobacco and Sundries Wholesalers.
President G. Palmerino

Able Plumbing Supply – 2003?

McNally  to 2005?

McCarthy / Murphy open complex in 2007!

The Flat Iron and St. Mary's as it appeared in 1892..
The Street Labeled Paine Street is actually Pine St. and assumed to be a mistake. Crane St at the bottom.

More 1892 views of Southbridge

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