72 Jefferson Street, Marlborough, Massachusetts 01752

The historic Shoe Box Building, one of our first undertakings, is a good example of how Sandra & Anthony Antico Real Estate carefully renovates old buildings, striving to maintain their character in the neighborhood, while at the same time providing businesses with the opportunity to benefit from all the modern conveniences found in a new structure.  All of our rehabilitated buildings are brought up to standard building code and every effort is made to maintain their original character.

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HISTORY               ARCHITECTURE       TENANTS          LEASE AVAILABILITY


The Historic Frye Shoe Box Factory is newly refurbished with exposed brick and high ceilings that provide an open work environment. This ideal building offers an inspired work place for professional or creative businesses.

 

   

Anthony is a very hands on Landlord. Itís often that youíll find him working on the landscape, decorating for the holidays or just checking the buildings to ensure they are cleaned to his standards which are extremely high.  He listens to his tenants and responds appropriately and in a timely manner. He has also assisted his tenants with promotional avenues by participating in the Holiday Stroll in Downtown Hudson and offering the Marlborough tenants the opportunity to participate and distribute advertising.

Jan Taylor
The Antico Companies

 

 

I am very happy with the landlord and the facility. The property is always kept clean and neat. The landscaping is fantastic. The spring time flowers are gorgeous. Snow removal is prompt and well done.   The grounds are kept immaculate.  Calls are returned in a timely manner and situations resolved quickly. It's an all-round good leasing experience.

Amanda
Payton's Doggy Playland

It is not surprising that the majority of inquiries and perspective students that visit our location all comment on the building. In their renovations of the Shoe Box Factory, Antico Real Estate managed to modernize without distracting from the character of the building. It is a beautiful space. And Anthony Antico's eye for detail continues to show in his management and maintenance of the property. Everything is taken care of and problems are always addressed so I am able to focus my energies on my students and my business.

Jessica Wilson
Director, MetroWest Ballet
 

 

 

ARCHITECTURE

This large factory storage building at the west end of Jefferson Street was once two buildings. Its original portion, built in the early 1890's, is a long rectangular two-story brick, flat-roofed building, with a large three-story square tower abutting the northwest comer. Although the old wire-glass windows of the main block have been replaced, the new sash is set into the original double- and triple-unit segmental-arched openings. The four that line the west end of the upper story facade are unusually low in proportion. The windows of the tower, two bays on each side, appear to have their original 6-over-6-sash. In recent years, brick, wooden, corrugated metal and synthetic-sided additions have been made to the north front, and east and west ends of the building. The latter now links it to a long one-story wood-frame building with a shallow-pitched roof, its gable-end facing north toward Jefferson Street. That building, clad in synthetic siding over its original wood shingles, has triple nine-light windows along the long sides. A hip-roofed ell abuts its northwest comer, and a shed-roofed ell extends to the rear. (Taken from the Marlborough Historical Society Records.)

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE

This factory complex is one of the rare surviving illustrations in Marlborough of a smaller satellite plant -- three, in fact -- of a larger manufacturing company. In the early 1890's, after the large S.H. Howe Shoe Company had expanded under the management of Louis P. Howe, it acquired this parcel of former Tayntor / Howe farmland, and built the brick building. Although by 1894 S.H. Howe was operating four major factories in the West Village, this was their first building to have the advantages of a railroad siding location. Its original function is not known, but by 1906 it was used as a warehouse, as was a newer building just to the east. The large square tower at the northwest comer of the brick building was used for tank storage.

In about 1910, Jefferson Street, which had formerly ended well east of this parcel, was extended past a new 1906 roundhouse on the site of today's 36 Jefferson. (It was extended through to Hudson Street about twenty years later.) Shortly thereafter, B.A. Corbin & Son acquired most of S.H. Howe, and converted the brick building to a cut sole factory, storing leather in the east warehouse. At about the same time, the Koehler Manufacturing Company, which had moved into the former "Diamond O" plant at the comer of Howland and Chestnut Streets, built the one-story westernmost building for a heel plate factory. During the 1920's the brick building became the Frye/Corbin Box Company, a satellite business jointly formed by Corbin and the Frye Shoe Co. to make shoe boxes. They used the large east warehouse to store paper for the boxes. By 1929 the Koehler Company was manufacturing miners' lamps at their main factory, and was using the former heel-plate building for storage.  (Taken from the Marlborough Historical Society Records.)
 

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