George B. Slater Carriage House, 216 North Main Street, Webster, Worcester County, MA
Significance: Chief significance is its association with several generations of the Slater family, who were responsible for Webster's founding and its success as an important textile manufacturing center during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Occupied by members of the family until 1978, the nearby Federal style stone house (1827) was built by industrialist George B. Slater (1804-1843), a son of Samuel Slater "the father of American industry." Standing on the approximate site of an earlier carriage house or barn, the present carriage house (1862) was built during the lifetime of George Slater's widow, Lydia R. Slater (d. 1891), who at that time appears to have occupied the house together with a son, William, and his family. The structure is architecturally significant for its stylish and high quality detail, both exterior and interior.
Survey number: HABS MA-1212
Building/structure dates: 1862 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 18t3 Subsequent Work