Some of the improvements and Buildings that Will be Seen in the Near Future

This postcard shows the intersection of Washington st and Guild st. On the left is the Guild School. Aaron Guild Square with its bandstand on the right, with the Everett School in the back (currently the site of the Norwood Post Office)

The beginning of the last decade of the nineteenth century will see many changes in Norwood.

From the half-completed town will rise in finished glory, the pride of every Norwoodite’s heart—the fulfillment of the most sanguine dream,—the Norwood of the future,— grown from a healthy child into full manhood.

From present indications we can judge somewhat clearly what the growth will be, for the future lies in the womb of the present, and the material that goes to make up a thriving and substantial community must be well established on a sure and sound foundation before its success can be assured. The men who have contributed to Norwood’s past built wisely and well. They were men of forethought, men of action, men who saw within the little village of South Dedham the nucleus of a thriving town, and planting here the seeds of a sturdy and vigorous business policy, Norwood was evolved.

Today we have a beautiful town, being bountifully graced by Nature’s hand with shrub and tree, green hills, vales, and foliage bright. We have business interests that are growing; we have many beautiful residences; we have public-spirited and generous citizens, and before long the town will develop into the most charming of the suburban towns near the Hub.

In a few years the Public Library, the munificent gift of George H. Morrill, will be a reality, and as it stands on the pretty spot adjoining the Congregational church, its beautiful and imposing architecture will charm and delight us.

The Morrill Memorial Library

Electric cars will go spinning down Washington Street, connecting us with Dedham and Walpole, the “broomstick train” being well patronized, and the interests of the neighboring towns brought closer together.

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The new and handsome depot of the New York, New Haven and Hartford, at Norwood Central, will be in full operation, and added trains, with reduced fares, will make life worth living.

Norwood Central Depot

The widening of Washington Street into an avenue, and the erection of the Bigelow and Conger blocks, with a Memorial building worthy of Norwood’s citizens, and a Y. M. C. A. building for the young men, will all add to the attractiveness of the town as a place of residence and bring a good class of residents from the larger cities round about.

The Conger Block on the southeast corner of Washington St and Railroad Ave. H.E. Rice’s dry goods store and Clark’s Pharmacy occupied the ground floor in this photo. You can see the sign for the soda fountain at Clark’s next to the tree on the corner.

The extension of the Norwood Press’ and the addition of a book bindery will increase its usefulness, and—but why enumerate? These are all things that will come about,—it is no caprice of the i imagination, but a fact; and we all rejoice that Norwood and the townspeople will share in the general progress that is now being made.

(All articles originally appeared in the Norwood Messenger unless otherwise noted)

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