Created By: New Bedford Preservation Society
New Bedford Pathways:
Tour #1 New Bedford, More Than Colonials
Union Street was extended westward from County to Cottage Street in 1850. Madison Street (then named Bush Street) also then reached one city block beyond County Street. The city of New Bedford was slowly spreading west. The homes which grew up along these quiet residential ways are characteristic of the diverse architectural style of New Bedford and the nation in the years which followed. The styles vary from Federal to Gothic Revival Style and everything in between. Most of the homes on this walking tour are the result of enormous growth in manufacturing, transportation and commerce in New Bedford from 1850 to 1900.
Later development is traceable to the 1890s, when some of the city’s largest estates began to be subdivided, the resulting homes purchased by a grow-ing class of mill managers, shop keepers, and their families