20. Hocum Hosford House, 574 Central, ca. 1856.
During the 1850s, successful merchants erected elegant
Italianate residences throughout the city. Hosford's house,
with its handsomely carved double doors and columned
portico, is among the most stylish on Chapel Hill. Founder
of Lowell's largest dry goods store, Hosford also served as
mayor from 1862-64 and erected the Masonic temple on
21. Cottage Street School, Chapel St., 1858.
When the Cottage St. School was built, there was
considerable public concern about providing adequate
school yards to avoid turning " the scholars into the
public street". Both the Cottage St. and Pond St.
School, erected the same year in Belvidere, addressed
this need. These are the oldest surviving primary school
buildings in the city.