Mattapoisett looks to add third site to National Historic Register

Feb 11, 2020

MATTAPOISETT — Selectmen approved a request to add Center School to the National Register of Historic Places, provided that doing so would not place too many limitations on the building’s use.

The town’s historic commission had proposed the school be added because it was gifted to the town by Henry Huttleston Rogers, one of the 100 richest men in American history, and designed by famous architect Charles Brigham.

Selectman Paul Silva was the first to ask about restrictions.

Marilou Newell, speaking as the staff for the Historical Commission, said she did not have a clear cut response to the question, but that the person who did most of the research had not seen any obvious restrictions.

Selectman Jordan Collyer said that for other buildings he has seen on the national register there are usually restrictions on exterior modifications, which must get approval.

“It’s not as onorous as one would think, but we don’t want our hands tied,” he said.

Silva commented that he was “excited, as long as we know what the restrictions would be.”

The town’s Grange Hall has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976 as the town’s oldest surviving public building. Ned’s Point Lighthouse is also on the National Register.