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Watercolor of Creese & Cook Tannery, Danvers, Mass., ca. 1922

Description

This watercolor of the Creese & Cook Tannery shows the expansive site of the buildings. Several large buildings comprise of the tannery, with a large chimney in the center of the main building, spewing dark smoke. The land is fairly barren around the complex, with some trees and rolling hills in the distance. A few smaller houses dot the landscape.

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Details

Collection Name
General architectural and cartographic collection
Collection Code
AR001
Dates
ca. 1922
Acquisition Type
Gift
Date of Acquisition
2008
Physical Description
37 X 26 in., watercolor presentation
Dimensions
26x 37 (HxW) (inches)
Collection Type
Architectural and Cartographic Materials
Description Level
Item
Credit Line
This item was gifted by Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf in 2008.
GUSN
312759
Reference Code
AR001.USMA.0356.001

Historical/Biographical Note

The Creese & Cook Tannery in Danvers, Mass. was built in the early 1900s. In 1918, the basic factory complex was enlarged by a two-story brick building on the northwest corner. In 1922, a three-story building was erected on the south side. This watercolor painting was commissioned by the company in 1922 to depict the latest view of thier manufacturing site. The Folsom Engineering Co., whose name is etched at the bottom of the watercolor, was likely the engineering company behind the construction of the additional buildings. Images like this were often used as a basis for a promotional poster or calendar.

After WWII, the business was sold, and due to the changes in the shoe industry by the 1970s, the factory closed in 1982. The buildings were demolished two years later. Due to the toxic waste dumped in the area during its operation as a tannery, the site is now a Superfund.

Source:

"Proud Symbol," Frederic A. Sharf, Historic New England, Winter/Spring 2008.

Record details

Originator
Probably Sanborn, F.C. (Artist)
Other People
Sanborn, F.C.
Other Organizations
Folsom Engineering Company
Descriptive Terms
manufacturing
perspective views
tanneries
watercolor (paint)
Material Type
perspective views
watercolor (paint)
Subjects
Architecture
Places
Danvers (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Places (Buildings)
Creese & Cook Tannery

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