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Nonatum Office Park (Silver Lake Cordage Company)

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Silver Lake Cordage Company
1867, George F. Meacham; 1880; 1918. 308 Nevada St.
  • Nonatum Office Park (Silver Lake Cordage Company) (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

The Silver Lake Cordage Company remains one of the finest examples of a mansard-roofed factory in the region. Chartered in 1866, the company began manufacturing braids and cords at the steam-powered Newton factory using a process that a local newspaper reported to be entirely unique. Nevertheless, the firm failed after only three years. Reorganized in 1870 as the Silver Lake Company, it added a northern extension in 1880 and doubled production. Another wing, similar in appearance but built with a concrete structural frame, was added to the southern side of the factory in 1918. In the 1920s, the company moved to Georgia, and the National Packaging Machinery Company bought the building. It was rehabilitated in 1985–1986 for offices, but retains its original mansard-roofed boiler house and chimney in the rear of the center section.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Nonatum Office Park (Silver Lake Cordage Company)", [Newton, 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, 487-488.

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