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The Goddard-Daniels House and
Other Properties

In 1981, AAS came into possession of the Goddard-Daniels House, at 190 Salisbury Street, directly across the street from Antiquarian Hall. It had been deeded with a life tenancy clause to the Society in 1970 by Eleanor Goddard Daniels, the daughter of the builders of the house and the widow of our Councilor Fred Harold Daniels. The house was constructed in 1905 and was extensively reconstructed in 1915 at the time of Eleanor's marriage.

Following Mrs. Daniels' death, AAS made a number of renovations to fit it for institutional use, but its primary rooms were left essentially unaltered and are used for seminars, lectures, and social functions. Secondary spaces were changed to accommodate office space for the staff and a small, modern kitchen. Bedrooms on the second story were made available to visiting scholars, and the music room, sans pipe organ, served as the residents' lounge. The third floor was renovated and is now the living quarters for a member of the Society's buildings and grounds maintenance staff. The grounds are quite beautiful and are the site of a number of uncommonly found species of trees.

Montvale Cottage

Some years ago, the small stable to a house that once stood at the corner of Salisbury Street and Montvale Road was converted by Mrs. Daniels into a cottage, which the Society purchased in 1983. With two bedrooms, tiny Montvale Cottage offers an attractive accommodation for fellows in long-term residence at the Society.

Fellows' Residence

In order to provide for future growth of facilities, in 1982 the Society purchased the property that makes up the house and lot of 9 Regent Street, abutting the southern boundary of the land on which Antiquarian Hall sits. It is on the eastern portion of this property that the new parking lot is sited. Renovations converting 9 Regent Street into scholars' housing were completed in May 2010. The 9 Regent Street residence offers AAS fellows and visiting researchers eight bedrooms (including one with full handicapped accessibility), comfortable common areas, a wraparound porch for enjoying the New England summers, and a congenial environment for productive research visits to Worcester.

 

- Marcus A. McCorison, President Emeritus; updated by Ellen S. Dunlap, President, and Paul J. Erickson, Director of Academic Programs

Antiquarian Hall
The Goddard-Daniels House

 

Residence at 9 RegentResidence at 9 Regent, May 2010

Scholars' housing is available at the Residence at 9 Regent and Montvale Cottage