|Built 1872 (1872)|
NRHP Reference # 83000718
Area 3 ha
Added to NRHP 16 February 1983
|MPS Fall River MRA|
Architectural style Romanesque architecture
|Location County and Quarry Sts., Fall River, Massachusetts|
Similar Seaconnett Mills, Flint Mills, American Printing Co and, King Philip Mills, Fall River Heritage State Park
Stafford Mills is an historic textile mill complex located on County Street in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA. Founded in 1872, it is a well-preserved late-19th century textile complex, typical of the mills built in Fall River during its period of most rapid growth. It is noted in particular for its exceptionally fine Romanesque brick office building. The complex was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
Description and history
The Stafford Mills complex is located east of downtown Fall River, on 7 acres (2.8 ha) at the northeast corner of Quarry and County Streets. It consists of a series of interconnected buildings, most built at different times. The two principal mill buildings are both five stories tall, built of Fall River granite; Mill Number 2 is slightly larger, but Mill Number 1 has a large two-story weave shed attached to its northern end. The buildings are somewhat unusual in not having towers, a common mill feature. Set in the mill yard between these two structures are attached picker and boiler houses, also built of granite. The office building stands at the center of the southern end of the millyard, facing County Street; it is a two-story Romanesque brick building.
The Stafford Mills company was incorporated in 1870 with Foster H. Stafford as its first president. The two mills were built in 1872 and 1888, and the office building was added in 1892. The company produced print cloths, and operated until 1929 when it was closed.
Today, the complex is occupied by a variety of small businesses and a discount furniture store. The intersection of County Street, Pleasant Street and Quarry Street in front of the mill is known as Stafford Square.