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Burnside Building

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Burnside Building
355 Main Street, Worcester

Romanesque style
Architect: Bradlee, Winslow and Wetherell of Boston
Builder: Norcross Brothers of Worcester

The Burnside building was commissioned by the children of Samuel Burnside, a prominent Worcester lawyer. The façade has been altered on the first and second stories in the 1950s and 60s. What remains visible is the cornice line beneath the flat roof with a trim of egg and dart molding. The upper story contains triple windows, the third and fourth floor have a central bay with paired windows in a symmetrical façade. Note the dentil and compare them with the dentils previously observed. Note the classical motifs like the gilded urn. The Burnside Building even incorporates some features found on homes of the period like stained glass in the entrance doorway. The building was originally intended for use as commercial office space and retail space on the first and second stories.

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