Historic Homes of Longmeadow

70 Longmeadow Street (#2 The Thomas Watters House -1880)

Thomas Watters built this Queen Anne style house in 1880. Thomas Watters and his brother, Joseph Watters, who built the house next door (#3), were successful contractors in Springfield in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Several of the large office buildings in the city were constructed by the Watters. The Tarbell-Watters Building was built by Franklin Watters who was the son of Thomas. Franklin was born and died in the house. The Watters also constructed the Barney Mansion in Forest Park and local legend has it that the Watters houses were constructed from lumber which was "expropriated" from the Barney building site. Thomas Watters served as Park Commissioner in Longmeadow in 1901 and was elected Selectman in 1907. The house is of significant architectural interest and features board and batten second floor trim, elaborate carved wood trim on the gables and wrought-iron roof rails. The tower was added in 1907.

[Photo contributed by Chris Hall]
[Text reprinted with permission from The Historic Homes of Longmeadow
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