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Hoffman Building/Registry of Motor Vehicles (W. F. Schrafft and Sons)

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W. F. Schrafft and Sons
1907, 1908–1912, Codman and Despradelle? 160 N. Washington St.

The North End welcomed several candy factories in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Schrafft's building being one of the few remaining. This brick behemoth rose in several stages, serving the candy makers from 1907 to 1928, when Schrafft's moved to Charlestown. The east and west sections were originally two separate structures. Between 1908 and 1912, Codman and Despradelle probably designed the middle section (which resembles another building they designed nearby for the same owner), bringing the building to its current size of seven stories high, five bays wide, and twenty bays long and enhanced by decorative brickwork at the top of the N. Washington Street facade.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Hoffman Building/Registry of Motor Vehicles (W. F. Schrafft and Sons)", [Boston, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 94-94.

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