Craft’s Building

The Craft’s Building is still here after these many years. It once held the Star Theater. Also there were many businesses on the ground floor. It is at 141-147 High Street.

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The Exchange Block was one of the first buildings in industrial Holyoke. It was most likely made in 1847 or 1848. Roswell Crafts was there with his provision store. It was the building that was there prior to the Crafts. The Exchange burned in 1870 and was replaced.

On the top floor was Exchange Hall. This was a social function area that served many start up churches.

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Sanborn map analysis:

Sanborn 1884 map shows that it is three floors and has a dress maker on many floors

Sanborn 1895 map

Sanborn 1915 map shows the “Picture Show” note and they entered from 145 and 147.

Sanborn 1949 map

Sanborn 1956 map

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