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| Much of the historical
character of the building was regained in a sensitive 1991 remodeling of
the facade. The paint was stripped from the red brick and new wooden
windows were placed in the unblocked upper-floor openings. At the
street level, new wooden storefronts replaced earlier incompatible remodelings.
The Wentworth Building has the same rounded corner that appears on many other 19th century downtown buildings. The cast-iron column that stands in the comer entryway is an interesting early feature.
The building was sold by the Massachusetts Mills in the late 19th century, when the mill owned boardinghouse system was being dismantled. The ground floor was quickly remodeled into storefronts due to the building's proximity to the central business district. The building became increasingly run-down over the years and was largely vacant by the early 1980s.
In 1986, the building was completely rehabilitated and the exterior was restored to nearly its original appearance. All the storefronts were removed and the brick with granite trimmed walls were reconstructed. Doors, windows and roof restoration in the original materials and appearance completed the transformation.
FRAME 6, Photographs C & D WELLES BUILDING
175 Merrimack Street
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